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Celebrating Longtime Service

Photos by Keith Boyer

IUP President Tony Atwater presided over the dedication of the Donna D. Putt Residence Hall (formerly the Suites on Grant-Upper) on May 15.

From left: Wally Putt, President Tony Atwater, and Donna PuttPutt is a 1969 graduate of IUP, and she and her husband, Wally, also a 1969 economics graduate of IUP, are the owners of Putt Real Estate in Indiana.

At left: Wally Putt, President Tony Atwater, and Donna Putt

She was principal to advancing IUP’s Student Residential Revival, serving as president of the Foundation Board of Directors from July 2004 through June 2006 when the Foundation committed to serving as partners with IUP for the $270-million initiative, the largest project of its kind in the nation. Altogether, Putt served on the Foundation Board of Directors for six years, completing her term of office in 2006. She held a number of leadership positions with the Foundation in addition to her presidency, including vice president, chair of the Development and Executive committees, and member of the Nominating and Residence Hall Project committees.

Donna Putt and her grandson, Ryan WalkerPutt has been an active member of the Indiana County Alumni Chapter and worked as a volunteer with the Gateways to Opportunity major gifts initiative. She and her husband established the Wallace E. and Donna D. Putt Scholarship for deserving undergraduate students. She has been an active member of the Indiana community, working with Downtown Indiana, Inc., and the Indiana Arts Council, serving on its executive board. In December 2008, IUP’s Council of Trustees approved naming the Suites on Grant–Upper, part of Phase I of the Student Residential Revival project, in her honor to reflect the council’s deepest appreciation and highest regard for her loyalty, service, and exceptional contributions in building a unique collaboration between the Foundation for IUP and the university in the planning and implementation of the first phase of the Residential Revival.

At right: Donna Putt and her grandson, Ryan Walker