Ole Miss alumnus Mike Glenn knows that without private support the University of Mississippi wouldn’t be enjoying the success that it is today. That’s why Glenn, who is FedEx executive vice president of market development and CEO of FedEx Services, and his wife, Donna, have pledged $500,000 to the University of Mississippi.
“Mike and Donna Glenn’s generous gift is only part of their extraordinary service to Ole Miss,” said Gloria Kellum, vice chancellor for university relations. “Mike plays a major leadership role and is actively involved as national co-chair in the university’s current private fund-raising campaign. Their loyalty, service and generosity are a shining light to the entire Ole Miss family."
The money will be used to support five different areas of the university, including the School of Business Administration Endowment, Residential College Program, UMAA Basketball Campaign, Mike and Donna Glenn Ole Miss First Scholarship Endowment and the Glenn Family Quasi Endowment.
Glenn, who is co-chairing the next major capital campaign, and serves on the University of Mississippi Foundation board of directors, wanted to show his support for areas of Ole Miss about which he feels most strongly.
“Being a co-chair of the campaign, I have been exposed to different areas where the university needs support most,” Glenn said. “The Ole Miss First scholarship program creates opportunities for deserving students. The residential college program is something Chancellor Robert Khayat feels strongly about, and given the respect Donna and I have for him, we wanted to support it. I’m a graduate of the Business School and I am very appreciative of what my business degree has meant to my career. We are excited about the direction of the basketball program under Coach Andy Kennedy and wanted to contribute to the effort to upgrade the facilities.”
The capital campaign, which will be announced to the public this fall, is designed to allow the University of Mississippi to continue the positive momentum it has enjoyed.
“We asked Mike to serve on our board because we know how much he loves Ole Miss,” Khayat said. “Mike and Donna Glenn have long been friends of this institution and they know how crucial private support is to our future. We are grateful for their leadership in their Memphis community and for Ole Miss.”
Glenn, a Memphis, Tenn., native, graduated from Ole Miss in 1977 and received his MBA from the University of Memphis in 1981. Since joining FedEx in 1981, Glenn has held management positions in sales and marketing. FedEx has twice recognized him with its Five Star Award, the company’s highest honor, in recognition for his outstanding leadership. Before joining the company, he worked in the sales division of the Dover Elevator Company.
“It’s an exciting time to be alum of Ole Miss,” Glenn said. “I encourage everyone to support the university by giving back.”