The Jacksonville University Women’s History Month Committee honored three women at its annual Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 27: JU Community Woman of the Year—Debbie Pruitt, who was the keynote speaker; JU Woman of the Year—Dr. Kristie Gover; and JU Student of the Year —Abbie Beates.
Pruitt, wife of JU Board of Trustee and Alumnus Fred Pruitt, has been a financial supporter and an enthusiastic fan of JU athletics for nearly 10 years. Her commitment to JU has led her to join as a member of the JU Athletic Association and the JU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee. She also volunteers in the community with the Dreams Come True program in Jacksonville.
Addressing the crowd of more than 150, Pruitt reminded everyone of the importance of giving.
“My mother taught me to love, give and share,” said Pruitt. “Find someone and teach them something and in return it will greatly help you.”
Gover, the dean of student development and director of retention services, was honored for her outstanding commitment and dedication to JU. Along with her main roles, she also oversees new student orientation and was instrumental in establishing the Student Solutions Center on campus.
A member of Green Key and Beta Beta Beta honor societies, Beates was honored for her academic achievements and leadership roles on campus, which include serving as the 2011 president of the Honors Student Association and the 2011-12 vice president of the JU Health and Wellness Team. She also volunteers in the community with the YMCA Reads Program.