Bill and Mary Eva George Endowed Scholarship
Donor: Bill and Mary Eva George
When a young man from Pennsylvania graduated from JBU in 1948 by the name of Bill George, no one could have known that his relationship with the university was only beginning. Since that day, Bill’s life was intertwined with the university’s work, both personally and professionally. After receiving his JBU diploma, Bill stepped away from JBU briefly to serve the Department of State in the Foreign Service Division. Just two years later, he began a long tenure of employment working at JBU-owned radio stations in California and Oklahoma. He also consulted at JBU stations in Texas, Florida, and Missouri. For most of his career – 40 years of it – Bill worked with JBU organizations in California. In addition to his radio work, Bill also worked with Brown Military Academy, Southern California Military Academy, the western operations of John Brown Schools, and the John Brown Schools Foundation.
Long-time friends of founder John Brown and his family, Bill and his wife Mary Eva took a personal interest in the university community that goes beyond employment. They frequently hosted students in JBU’s Sound Generation in the 1960s and 1970s as the group traveled through California. Bill lent his leadership and expertise to JBU’s development office and served as a consultant to the university from early 1990 through 2008. Throughout his life, Bill had an interest in serving his community as well as JBU. They volunteered with civic organizations, served on a number of boards, and faithfully gave their time to the churches which they called home. He received a number of awards and honors, including an honorary doctorate degree from JBU in 1998.
In 1994, Bill had the privilege and great responsibility of serving as JBU’s interim president before the arrival of President Lee Balzer later that year. Bill passed away in October of 2008. John Brown University’s Bill George Arena, constructed in 2010, is named in his honor and memory.