By Katrina E. Williams
TC News Reporter
H. Ross Perot visited Texarkana College on Friday, April 4, for the third consecutive year since 2012 to present $1 million check to TC. Only this time, TC presented him with a gift of gratitude.
Today, TC unveiled a replica of Perot’s father’s original cotton business in the atrium of the Palmer Memorial Library.
“I was looking forward to it, but I never dreamed,” Perot said. “It is just incredible, and all the creative things you all have done here just couldn’t be nicer. I hope he’s looking down from heaven and gets to see it.”
In March 2012, Perot pledged to give $5 million over five years to TC. With some encouragement from two of Perot’s life-long friends, Josh and Martha Morriss, TC built the Gabriel Ross Perot Cotton Sales Office in the atrium of the campus library. This was a personalized tribute of thanks to Perot because of the special memories it held for him pertaining to his childhood.
Michael Sandefur, President of the Texarkana College Board of Trustees said, “Today is a special day.”
Julie Ferrell, Texarkana College alumna and Fouke ISD music teacher, sang the National Anthem. The Rev. Brad Morgan, the senior pastor of Williams Memorial Methodist Church, performed invocation. A reception was held in the Truman Arnold Student Center.
Food for the reception was prepared and served by Texarkana College Culinary Arts students and TC Alumna Amanda Horton, owner of Flour Child Fine Foods.