Lifetime Giving Societies

The Lifetime Giving Society is comprised of a select circle of donors whose significant and sustained support profoundly impacts the University of Tennessee at Martin. The society recognizes donors who contribute $25,000 or greater to the university over the course of their lifetimes or through their estates.

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Giving Societies

Penick Society
$10,000,000 and up

Dr. I.N. Penick, pastor of First Baptist Church of Martin for 22 years, undertook the task of establishing and dedicating a new school (Hall-Moody Institute). A quote from The Last Leaf, a book covering the Hall-Moody Institute from 1900-1927, says of I.N. Penick, “To Whom the School Probably Owes More Than to Any Other Man.”

Hall-Moody Society

Hall-Moody Institute, established in 1900, was the forerunner to the University of Tennessee at Martin. Hall-Moody was named for two eminent Baptist ministers, Elder J.N. Hall and Dr. J.B. Moody.

Paul Meek Society

No one has influenced UT Martin as much as Paul Meek, who held a campus leadership position (executive officer, dean, UT vice president or chancellor) from 1934-1967.

Sassafras Society

The campus’s historic sassafras tree, cut in 2005, was thought to be the oldest tree in the area and the last remnant of Woodley Farm, a property bought in 1927 to expand UTJC.

Martin Society

The city of Martin, founded in 1873, is named for William Martin, who donated a considerable amount of land so the university could be built in its current location.

Pacers Society

In 1971, the student body began calling the university’s athletic teams “The Pacers,” recognizing the institution as a “pace-setting” university. The teams retained the name until 1995.

Pilot Society

When the majority of male students at UT Junior College departed for service during WWII, an on-campus training program for military pilots rescued the financial health of the institution.