Mountain Home, AR — Arkansas State University – Mountain Home (ASUMH) received a gift of stock valued at more than $200,000 from Dr. Ed and Lucretia Coulter on May 2, 2019, to establish the Ed and Lucretia Coulter Performing Arts Endowment. The endowment is designated for a holiday/fall seasonal show as a part of the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH.
The stock, transferred at the sale of Integrity First Bank to Stuttgart’s Farmers & Merchants Bank, is in recognition of the involvement of the former First National Bank and Trust in the development of the initial footprint of the campus and the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH by ASUMH’s founding Chancellor and his wife.
“This gift is our way of saying thank you for the support of First National Bank, Integrity First Bank, and others in the community who have been so instrumental in the creation of the university and of the performing arts series that Lucretia and I both love so much,” said Coulter. “We decided to make our gift by donating stock from Integrity First Bank – originally First National Bank. First National Bank was extremely involved in creating the initial campus by endowing a building and that support has continued through the years in a number of ways, including the performing arts.”
In 1997, First National Bank and Trust Co. pledged $500,000 to endow one of the four buildings on the college’s new campus. Throughout the years, they have supported the institution through scholarships and sponsorships, including an inaugural season performance of the Arkansas Symphony in the newly constructed Vada Sheid Community Development Center in 2010.
“Lucretia and I want to be a part of making sure the performing arts keep going.” The Coulters have enjoyed seeing the performing arts council develop from a small group of dedicated arts enthusiasts and volunteers when the Vada Sheid Community Development Center opened in 2010. As Chancellor, Coulter appointed the members and the council has set the programming for the series for the past nine seasons. “We are so proud of the continued leadership of Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers, and of director Christy Keirn and the Performing Arts Council’s programming and the success of the series,” said Dr. Ed Coulter, Chancellor Emeritus of ASUMH.
“I am passionate about the performing arts,” added Lucretia. “I’m ecstatic that we have the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center here on the ASUMH campus, and that it provides all types of programs for our community to enjoy.” The 824-seat Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center is located inside the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.
The Coulter name is synonymous with another family name on the campus of ASUMH. Dr. Coulter’s first wife, Fran, who died in 2004, was the daughter of J.D. and Allena Dryer. “The Dryers were one of the true pioneer families of this area,” added Coulter. “J.D. was a founding board member of First National Bank and Trust.” The ASUMH campus was also blessed with the construction of Dryer Hall in honor of J.D. and Allena at the campus opening in 2000. Fran was a history professor at ASUMH and the Fran Coulter Honors Program bears her name.
“This is an incredible gift to ASUMH and we are so grateful for Ed and Lucretia’s support of the faculty, staff and students on this campus and the larger community that enjoys the arts. The names and institutions this gift represents are truly special to ASUMH,” said Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH. “The Coulter and Dryer families are synonymous with education in Mountain Home. Integrity First Bank and First National Bank and Trust certainly are, as well. With this significant gift, both Ed and Lucretia Coulter will be remembered forever as true patrons of the arts here in Mountain Home. We are grateful for the Coulters’ gift that will enhance the performing arts series at ASUMH for years to come.”
Photo Attached: Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH; Dr. Ed Coulter, Chancellor Emeritus at ASUMH; Lucretia Coulter; Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH; Mollie Morgan, Development Officer at ASUMH