Jane Gatewood Is Investing in Emory College
Growing up in Phenix City, Alabama, Jane Gatewood 98C developed an early interest in travel and international relations. In high school, she served as a summer ambassador to Russia, and when deciding where to attend college, a diverse student body and the ability to study abroad topped her list of priorities.
At Emory College, Gatewood found exactly what she was looking for—an academically challenging environment with strong ties to international work and culture. She took advantage of the many opportunities to incorporate travel into her undergraduate courses, including studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England.
After graduating from Emory, Gatewood went on to earn her PhD in English language and literature, and today she is the associate provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester, where she leads and manages initiatives related to the university’s international activities.
According to Gatewood, the academic training, faculty guidance, and international experience she received at Emory laid the groundwork for a successful, rewarding career. “Emory was very good to me and for me,” she says. “The faculty members were great—really incredible. They encouraged curiosity, thoughtfulness, and exploration, all of which provided a great foundation for graduate school and everything that came after.”
To show her gratitude and support, Gatewood has allocated a percentage of her estate to Emory. “By designating my planned gift to the Emory College Fund for Excellence, I know it will help support the most important priorities at Emory,” Gatewood says. “Emory has done a really good job of stewarding its resources, so I wanted to provide the money to the institution and let the institution decide what areas it will support.”