For more than a decade, Dr. Carmen Reagan has served on the Delta Dental of Tennessee board of directors, helping the organization to expand across Tennessee.
“We relied on her for her corporate citizenship,” said Tom Perry, chief financial officer and an alumnus of Austin Peay State University. He graduated in 1973, having been a student of Reagan’s in the APSU College of Business.
It was fitting then that Perry presented a $10,000 check from Delta Dental to help jumpstart the new Reagan Giving Circle program. The check presentation was made Nov. 8 during a reception to launch officially the giving program in honor of Reagan.
Reagan also was the first to make a gift to the program, which will help fund scholarships for female students in the College of Business.
“I was just so shocked. I just could not believe someone wanted to put my name on something like this. I am just honored,” Reagan told a room of supporters and former students at the Pace Alumni Center.
The Reagan Giving Circle honors the entrepreneurial spirit Reagan has bestowed upon APSU and the business community. The new giving program will ensure the success of future female business leaders enrolled in the APSU College of Business.
“There is no better emblem for the program than Dr. Reagan,” APSU President Tim Hall said to the attendees.
Reagan retired as professor of marketing from APSU in July 2011. She continues to teach a couple of marketing and communication courses on post-retirement status.
“Teaching at APSU was one of the most wonderful things that could have happened to me,” she said.
Reagan began making her mark in higher education, teaching business courses at a time when opportunities for women were not as plentiful as they are today.
“The situation for women has definitely improved,” Reagan said in a previous interview. “There are many more opportunities for women today than when I went to college.”
After teaching in colleges and universities throughout Mississippi and at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Reagan came to APSU in 1988 as associate professor of marketing. In the years since, she has built a legacy of wisdom – exemplified through her prowess in higher education and her recognition as a sought-after leader by numerous agencies and corporations, including Delta Dental of Tennessee, Gateway Medical Center, Centerstone-Tennessee, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and the United Way, of which she served as board chair. She also has been active on the First Federal Savings Bank board, having served several years when it was under a different structure.
Reagan received a Doctor of Business Administration at Mississippi State University in 1985. She has nearly 30 years experience in higher education.
In addition to teaching post-retirement, Reagan, a former board chair of both the local Chamber of Commerce and Gateway Medical Center, remains active in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.
For more information on the Reagan Giving Circle or to make a monetary contribution to the effort, notify the APSU Office of Advancement, 931-221-7127. - Dr. Melony Shemberger