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|Betty Jean (Arnett) Henderson '50|
Since graduating from Hiram in 1950, Betty Jean (Arnett) Henderson has directed her energy to her family, her company, and community and cultural affairs. She and her husband, Paul, raised five children and built a successful mortgage brokerage firm. Betty Jean has also been active in community activities including grade school tutoring and serving as Vice President of the North Carolina Symphony, Moore City Chapter.
Betty Jean served as the key leadership volunteer on the Bowler Hall Renovation project. She guided a volunteer committee of 12 alumnae. As of December 30, 1995, under Betty Jean's leadership, 200 alumni contributed $440,000 toward the Bowler Hall project.
Betty Jean commuted from North Carolina on several occasions to meet with Hiram staff to form and recruit the Bowler Hall Committee, developed supporting printed materials on Bowler Hall and participated in designing a solicitation strategy based on alumni class loyalty as well as Bowler Hall residency. She made numerous personal phone calls to "encourage" interest in this project.
With Betty Jean's contribution, a new strategy was placed to meet the $750,000 fundraising goal and Hiram College was able to complete the Bowler Hall project during the 1996 calendar year. Betty Jean's non-stop determination and efforts to renovate Bowler Hall made her more than deserving of the 1996 Volunteer of the Year Award.