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Charles W. Witters, SIOR

Charles W. Witters, SIOR

I was born and raised in Charleston, Illinois just down 6th St. from Old Main. I attended the Robert G. Buzzard Lab. School on the Campus of EIU and attended EIU from 1964-1968. I was a business major at EIU. After graduating, I received my MBA from Illinois State Univ. in Finance. I then worked in the corporate world for Mobil Corp., Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Fluor Corp. for 14.5 years before joining Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services as an independent contractor and broker in 1985 in the City of Orange, Calif. I then became a Founding Partner in the Lee & Associates office in Ontario, Calif. in 1987 and joined the Las Vegas office of Lee & Associates in 1993 and continue to work as a Lee & Associates commercial real estate broker concentrating on office building leasing and sales and sales of leased commercial real estate investments.

My gift to EIU is set to be $25,000 each year after I die for ten $2,500 scholarships for students in Coles County and the contiguous counties. Five will be for Charles W. Witters, Tau Kappa Epsilon/Gamma Omega Chapter/Class of 1968 and five will simply be for Charles W. Witters.

From the aforementioned, it is obvious that I have a great affinity for EIU and truly enjoyed my educational and social life during my four years attending EIU. I thought I had an excellent education and my fraternity life enabled me to become more socially adept and I made lifelong friends through TKE. I have to say, attending EIU was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Making my gift of the ten scholarships was fairly simple once I decided what I wanted to give. Jackie Joines, Director of Philanthropy, at EIU guided me through the process and provided advice and the legal documents required for my attorney to put it into my family trust.

As I am sure that most of you had a good experience at EIU, I believe that a donation from your estate will be a lasting tribute to your appreciation of your experience at EIU and it will assist young people attending EIU in the future. As we face current economic hardships, I realize it is somewhat difficult to donate now but donating through your estate plan is a good way to show your appreciation to EIU and make a lasting benefit to future generations.