Cameron University Foundation establishes endowed professorship thanks to planned gift

Following approval by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents earlier today, the Cameron University Foundation has established the Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professorship in Music. The endowment is made possible thanks to a gift from the estate of the late Joye R. Lentz. Cameron will now seek matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for this endowment.

“This planned gift will serve as Mrs. Lentz’ legacy in perpetuity at Cameron University,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “This astonishing gift will have a positive impact on music students for generations to come.”

The Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professorship will be used to advance the quality of education in music at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma.

The gift from Mrs. Lentz’ estate totaled $268,241. In addition to the $125,000 used to fund the endowed professorship, the gift will provide for the remodeling of the McCutcheon Recital Hall, the primary venue for numerous music classes, recitals and small ensemble performances. It will also fund a new lighting system for the Cameron University Theatre, which is utilized by the Department of Music for numerous concerts and recitals throughout the year.

“Estate gifts such as this have a tremendous impact on the Cameron University Foundation’s ability to assist the university in setting new standards for student learning and success,” says Johnson.  “University supporters who wish to consider adding Cameron to their estate planning process can do so through the 1908 Heritage Society, through which individuals signal their intention to make a planned giving commitment to the Cameron University Foundation.”

For information about the 1908 Heritage Society, contact the Cameron University Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999 or email


September 16, 2015

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