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L. Gale Lemerand, local entrepreneur and longtime supporter of Embry-Riddle, has stepped up once again in support of the university, making a $1 million planned gift that will provide funding for academic and athletics scholarships and the university's greatest needs fund.
Lemerand, who previously served on the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees in 2000 and has contributed to the university over the years, believes his planned gift to Embry-Riddle is an investment in the future of the local community.
"I see nothing but good things for the area, and I see Embry-Riddle leading that. I also see Embry-Riddle continuing to be an important part of our growth."
Lemerand also directed a portion of his gift to the Embry-Riddle's athletics program to show his support for Men's Basketball Coach and Special Assistant to the President Steve Ridder. "Steve Ridder is such a wonderful coach and wonderful person."
Lemerand's gift is the latest in a series of generous contributions to the university over the years. "Gale Lemerand has been a force for economic progress in our community for more than 35 years," said former Embry-Riddle President John Johnson. "The university is as strong as it is because of the vision and support of people like Mr. Lemerand. We are truly thankful for his support."