Skip to Page Level NavigationSkip to Page ContentSkip to Page Contact Information
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Print this Page

Miami Middletown receives $2.6 million gift

James R. Myers

James R. Myers

written by Jan Toennisson, director of public affairs, Miami University Middletown

The Middletown Community Foundation on Tuesday (June 24) announced the largest gift in its 38-year history, a $5.2 million bequest from the estate of James R. Myers. The gift will fund several permanent endowments at the Middletown Community Foundation to benefit multiple charities throughout the area, with half of the funds dedicated to the support of Miami University Middletown.

The Miami University Middletown support includes two $1 million scholarship endowments – one to support incoming students based on merit as measured by ACT score and GPA and one to support Middletown-area upperclassmen, including those transferring to the Oxford campus – and two endowed professorships, which school officials said are Miami’s first endowed professorships at any of its regional campuses. The gift also includes $225,000 for Miami University to provide Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarships for Air Force ROTC students.

“On behalf of Miami University, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to those entrusted with Dr. Myers’ estate and to the Middletown Community Foundation,” Miami University President David Hodge said in a statement read during the announcement. “The legacy of Dr. James Myers will now be lived out by generations of students on Miami’s Middletown and Oxford campuses, many of whom will go on to have an impact right here in Southwest Ohio.”

Middletown High School’s class of 1951 valedictorian, Myers earned several advanced degrees and worked as a metallurgical engineer, founding and operating his own international consulting firm from his Merlyn Drive home in Middletown. Myers was a frequent speaker for Air Force ROTC at Miami and collaborated with several Miami Middletown engineering technology faculty on consultations.

“Thanks to the generosity of this one individual, an infinite number of local young people will benefit for generations to come,” said Middletown Community Foundation Executive Director T. Duane Gordon. “The doors of opportunity that these funds open will provide hope to the youth who are our community’s future, and there is no stronger legacy anyone can leave their hometown than the means to a better future. That is what Dr. Myers has done and will continue to do in perpetuity with this donation.”

Endowments were also established to fund scholarships at the University of Cincinnati and the Ohio State University, as well as a lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other organizations supported by Dr. Myer’s gift include American Legion Post 218, Abilities First in Middletown, Cincinnati Shriner’s Hospital and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Shelter.

University Communications and Marketing

University News and Communications
229 Culler
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
513-529-7592
513-529-1950 (fax)

newsinfo@miamioh.edu
Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency