OC board mulls support to spend gift

The Odessa College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at noon Wednesday to discuss support for a proposed spending plan for a $7 million donation from Mackenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett.

OC was one of several organizations that significant gifts “to enable their work, and as a signal of trust and encouragement, to them and to others,” according to an announcement from the college.

President Gregory Williams said in a June 24 news conference that officials have worked as an administrative team to think about how to fit the $7 million into its Vision 2030+ campaign.

“And we have a number of ideas and we will share some of those ideas with our board of trustees in the upcoming weeks. We will certainly solicit their input and their feedback,” he said.

Some of the things the college has been thinking about are scholarships and campus improvements.

He said some, but not all of the dollars, may be used for the new Wood Health Sciences Building. There will also be more scholarship opportunities for students.

The board will also discuss support for utilizing $1 million in institutional funds as a down payment for Wood Health Sciences Building.

The college has received many pledges for the roughly $40 million from Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center, the Wood family and more.