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Foundation for Seminole State welcomes newest member to Weldon Society

Seminole State Chair President Dr. E. Ann McGee stands with Mary Nell Griffin, mother of Michael Griffin, former automotive department chair, by the plaque that was unveiled inside the automotive shop.

The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed its newest member to the Weldon Society at a reception at the College on May 27.

The family of the late Michael Griffin, friends, students and former colleagues paid tribute to the former automotive department chair at the reception, which was hosted by the Foundation and held in the automotive building he helped to create.

During the reception, a plaque and photo of Griffin were unveiled inside the automotive shop. Griffin’s mother, Mary Nell Griffin, a new member of the Foundation’s Weldon Society for estate giving, also pledged to increase the endowment for the Michael D. Griffin Endowed Scholarship, so that it can benefit more automotive students.

Griffin, who passed away in 2007, was a professor at Seminole State for 18 years. He founded the Ford ASSET Program in 1998 and became department chair of the automotive program in 2000. In this role, he assisted with fundraising and the design for the CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center, which opened in early 2007.

Barbara Miller, executive vice president of CFADA, said: “Mike’s legacy will be the hundreds of students who will benefit from the scholarships.”

The Weldon Society honors those who have indicated an intent to make estate gifts to the College in the form of a bequest, trust, paid-up insurance policy or irrevocable gift of $10,000 or more. It is named after the College’s first family, Dr. Earl and Gerry Weldon.

For more information about the Weldon Society, please visit the Foundation website or call 407.708.4567.

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