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Alumnus, wife with ties to Dickson County establish business scholarship

A couple with longtime ties to Dickson County has established a scholarship endowment at Austin Peay State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bibb, who live in Bellevue but whose vast properties are in Dickson County, have given the University funds to set up a scholarship endowment.
A couple with longtime ties to Dickson County has established a scholarship endowment at Austin Peay State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bibb, who live in Bellevue but whose vast properties are in Dickson County, have given the University funds to set up a scholarship endowment.

Although Mrs. Bibb is a Marshall County native and a 38-year employee of the state of Tennessee, her husband grew up in the White Bluff area of Dickson County, so the couple has stipulated that scholarships from the Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bibb Scholarship Endowment must go to Dickson County students who are majoring in business or accounting.

Bibb is the nephew of the late Dr. Leon Bibb, former professor and chair of the industrial arts department at APSU. His uncle's connection to the University influenced his college choice.

“Austin Peay is where I received the education that provided me the opportunity to do some of the things I've done,” Bibb said. “I'm so appreciative that my parents were able to send me to Austin Peay, and now I want to help others who might not be as fortunate as I was.”

Bibb graduated from APSU in 1965 with a degree in accounting. From 1965 to 1987, he worked for the Public Service Commission. He also served as an executive with Farmers and Merchants Bank, White Bluff, until it merged with a larger bank in 1999.

He says that, although he doesn't have to punch a time clock each day, he is just as busy as ever, farming and managing the couple's property holdings in Dickson County.

Why did he and his wife decide to make this substantial donation to APSU?

“We want our gift to be used effectively. For the average citizen, trying to decide how your money will be used effectively is a hard job.

“I can identify with Warren Buffet (world's second richest man), who gave most of his money to someone (Bill Gates, the world's richest man) who knows how to distribute it so it's used most effectively.

“Patricia and I know Austin Peay will ensure the money we provided the University will be given away effectively to the most deserving students.”

Bibb indicated that neither he nor his wife is comfortable in the spotlight. “We don't like to be the center of attention,” he said. “But Roy Gregory, (University Advancement executive director) said that announcing our gift may motivate others to give and motivate students to apply for the scholarships.”

Five of the scholarships already have been awarded to Dickson County students for the upcoming fall semester, according to Gregory, who said, “On behalf of the University, as well as generations of Dickson County students who will benefit from the Bibbs' generosity, I want to thank Richard and Patricia.

“The latest government reports say business is today's hottest career choice, so the Bibbs have provided the key to success for hundreds of future students. As they know from their past support of Austin Peay, there's nothing more gratifying than investing in the future of young people.”

For more information about the Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bibb Scholarship in business, telephone Sharon Silva, development officer, at (931) 221-7127. — Dennie B. Burke