$25,000 Donated to Concord University’s Division of Business

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 08 2009

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
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$25,000 Donated to Concord University’s Division of Business

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University’s Division of Business received a generous donation from the Clarence Noble estate as directed by Mr. Charles Mathena.

The funds were used to furnish Division of Business offices in the Nick Rahall Technology Center with desks, chairs, bookshelves and filing cabinets.

“Students have and will continue to benefit by having access to and use of the professional work settings, along with additional technology that has been installed recently in classrooms and computer labs,” Kendra S. Boggess, professor of business and chair for the division of business said.

The gift was made in the 2000-2001 academic year and has grown significantly though its investment by the Concord University Foundation since that time. The funding will continue to be designated to help the Division of Business as needed.

Mr. Mathena, who did not attend Concord, said he decided to direct the donation to Concord because of his relationship with Clarence Noble. Noble had been a business partner with Mathena at the Memorial Funeral Directory since 1966, and they had a close relationship with each other until Noble’s death in 1999. Noble had many of his great-nieces and -nephews go to Concord.

“Noble has a great legacy here at Concord,” Mathena said. “He was a firm believer in education, and I believe that donating this money is a good way to carry on his legacy.”

Once Mathena was given notice that the Division of Business needed money, Mathena said this was a good opportunity to carry on this legacy and help future students along with current faculty.

“We are elated,” he said. “The Division of Business is in a beautiful facility and we’re happy the donation will provide these opportunities. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to do this, and we support the efforts of CU’s faculty and staff.”

The funds were donated fall 2008.


PHOTO: Mrs. Charles (Marquetta) Mathena, Mr. Charles Mathena, Dr. Kendra Boggess

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Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.