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Kimbrell Foundation Makes Major Donation To Gaston College

Gaston College, Dallas, N.C., is renaming its East Campus and Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C., in honor of W. Duke Kimbrell in recognition of an unrestricted multi-year, multimillion-dollar gift from the W. Duke Kimbrell Foundation to the Gaston College Foundation Inc. The commitment is one of the largest the 46-year-old college has ever received. Kimbrell is chairman of Gastonia, N.C.-based sales yarn spinner Parkdale Mills Inc., a longtime supporter of the college.

“We’ve supported Gaston College since its inception, and have sent many of our employees for technical training there,” Kimbrell said. “The college is a wonderful resource for the community and we are pleased to provide funds for college officials to use for the most pressing needs.”

Potential uses for the gift include technology infrastructure for its Belmont campus as well as its campuses in Dallas and Lincoln, N.C.; new program start-up; books and reference materials for the East Campus Library; and replacement of outdated equipment or purchases of specialized equipment. East Campus and Textile Technology Center activities include new and sample product development, product testing, training and consulting services for the textile industry.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Kimbrell and the board of the foundation for their generosity and for their willingness to allow us to use the money where it’s needed most,” said Dr. Patricia Skinner, president, Gaston College. “This gift will supplement our state and county funding, enabling us to do such things as upgrade online learning systems, keep up with technology, and have funds to research and begin new programs to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

May/June 2010