Past Foundation board chairman, Bob Tull, was instrumental in securing the funds necessary for the recent construction of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
As an army veteran from humble beginnings who was able to gain an education through the GI bill, Bob strongly believed that education serves as a catalyst for a brighter future in both the lives of students and the communities within which they live and work. As a mechanical engineer by training, and a retired plant manager within one of our region’s largest manufacturing employers, Bob was keenly interested in the programs of study that are located in the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Gaston College. He believed in Gaston College’s mission and made the institution a much stronger and more vibrant place because of his commitment.
Upon his passing, his widow, Maureen established The Bob Tull Endowment for Advanced Manufacturing. The purpose of this endowment is to provide ongoing financial support for Gaston College programs taught within the Center for Advanced Manufacturing which are involved in the education of our region’s manufacturing workforce.
Endowed funds that generate designated support for facilities and other capital needs help to underwrite critical expenses that may not be covered by allocated state funds which are very limited.