Susan S. Wiggins Scholarship Fund Established at Retirement Reception
PHENIX CITY, AL— The recent establishment of the Susan S. Wiggins Scholarship will make a real difference in the lives of students at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) for years to come. Wiggins, a well-known, respected, and admired community leader in the Chattahoochee Valley area, was recently surprised at her retirement reception with a check presentation of $52,000 to establish the fund in her name.
“I think I am still in shock,” said Wiggins. “I’m extremely grateful for this very generous gift that could not have pleased me more! CVCC holds a very special place in my heart because of the benefit it provides to thousands of area citizens in their pursuit of a higher education for themselves and their children. Anybody who knows me also knows that family and community are very important to me. CVCC’s excellent faculty and nurturing environment provide a strong underpinning for their students, greatly enhancing their opportunity for future success.”
Wiggins has been a member of the CVCC Foundation Board for more than two decades, having served in various positions and most recently as Board chair before stepping away from that position after her retirement. Under her leadership, the Foundation has been able to provide more scholarships to students in need.
“This scholarship is the perfect way to honor Susan Wiggins,” said President Jackie Screws. “With these funds, we are able to continue her great work in providing students the resources they need to be successful. We hear story after story of how these scholarships, whether for books or full tuition, are essential in helping countless students reach their full potential. Helping someone along the way is what Susan is all about.”
Wiggins began her work at the W.C. Bradley Co. in 1980, and officially retired November 1, 2019. The privately held company is an international marketer of quality leisure lifestyle products featuring familiar brands such as Char-Broil, Tiki, Lamplight, Zebco, Quantum, FinNor and others, as well as local real estate developments including, among others, the Eagle & Phenix loft condominiums, Synovus Centre, The Rapids and Brookstone Centre. Wiggins has served as vice president, Stakeholder Relations since 1992 when she became the first woman officer of the company. The goal of the Stakeholders Department is to support and nurture a corporate culture through quality communications, events and services that convey the company’s core values of integrity and stewardship. Prior to joining W.C. Bradley Co., Wiggins held the position of Marketing Officer for Trust Company of Columbus where she was the first woman hired to be an officer of the bank.
“We wanted to do something that truly represents who Susan is… something that would leave a mark for generations to come,” said Marc Olivié, CEO and President at W.C. Bradley Co. “We started talking about the scholarship idea and what that should entail. We sent a letter to our shareholders and our leadership team with all the particulars about her retirement celebration, including the scholarship fund, and the response was overwhelming. I think the magnitude of the response we received speaks volumes as to the kind of person Susan is. On top of everything else, we actually surprised her, and you can’t get much past Susan,” he continued with a laugh.
“They really got me this time, and I am forever grateful,” said Wiggins.
For more information about the Susan S. Wiggins Scholarship Fund or how you can donate toward the cause, contact David Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334-291-4938. The Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation, Inc. exists for the sole purpose of providing support for programs and activities, which enhance the quality of education and expand the educational opportunities for students enrolled at CVCC.