Couple Plans to Fund Oxford College's Most Pressing Needs
When Chris Arrendale 99Ox 01C visited Emory's admission office in 1995, the adviser suggested he begin his studies at Oxford.
"My mother said, 'Well, you're not going to England,'" he remembers. Emory's birthplace east of Atlanta turned out to be the perfect place to start.
"Oxford College prepared me for Emory and for anything that life would throw at me," says Chris, who went on to earn a master's degree in software engineering and now owns two information technology companies in Atlanta. "With the small class sizes, you knew you would be called on and you knew you had to be ready."
Because Chris and his wife, Amanda, believe in supporting the institutions that are important to them, they have included Oxford in their estate plans. They have recently named a collaboration room in Oxford's new science building, a room in the Oxford College Campus Life Center, and a room in the Emory University Student Center.
"We like to give back to those places that have helped us along the way," Chris says.
Chris met Amanda, who has a master's degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and works for a web teleconferencing company, during a former job at an email marketing and service provider in Atlanta.
They maintain a close relationship with Oxford, volunteering for Emory Cares International Service Day in Newton County each year and attending events related to the Oxford College Alumni Board, on which he serves as past president. Chris currently serves on the Emory Alumni Board as the Oxford College liaison.
The couple's estate gift is unrestricted, which means it will fund the most pressing needs at Oxford when the gift is realized. The Arrendales are currently working on an endowment aimed at internships and hope to name a scholarship in the near future.
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