The Foundation’s first Pinnacle Award was presented in 2005 to recognize an outstanding donor who not only supports the University financially, but also gives of their time and labor to promote WTAMU in the community, and Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan definitely exemplify that pinnacle of giving.
Charles K. Vaughan spent 55 years with Atmos Energy, acting as the company’s first chairman, president and CEO. Atmos has recognized the couple’s leadership and dedication in making Atmos Energy one of the nation’s leading natural gas service providers with more than $500,000 in multiple gifts to the University. The company’s generous gift in August 2012 prompted University officials to recognize the Vaughans’ support of education and name the pedestrian mall the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan Pedestrian Mall.
The Vaughans are very supportive of the University and have given generous contributions of more than $50,000 to scholarships and for renovations of the Alumni Banquet Facility. Atmos Energy has given more than $500,000 to WTAMU since 1983 including a $40,000 gift to establish the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan President’s Honor Scholarship and $50,000 to help establish the WTAMU engineering program. Both the Vaughans and Atmos Energy not only provide financial support to the University, but students and programs also benefit from their educational leadership.
The Old Main Society was established in 1998 to recognize individuals, organizations and corporations that have given lifetime contributions of $50,000 or more to support the students and mission of West Texas A&M.