The school honors its many supporters, none more so than the late Marylee Sturgis, whose estate bequeathed a gift of more than $500,000 to further its work. Leland assisted in sponsoring a recent Bible conference at Broadus Memorial Baptist Church in Charlottesville as a tribute to Ms. Sturgis, whose deep Christian faith informed her entire life.
Marylee Sturgis was herself a graduate of the school. After her retirement from an active life as a librarian, this professor’s daughter decided to enrich herself by enrolling in theology classes at Leland’s Charlottesville campus. Her expanding knowledge further anchored her in her faith, and in appreciation, she conferred on her alma mater this significant gift.
Marylee Sturgis was a lifelong reader and student of the classics. She earned her BS and MS in organic chemistry before studying for her master of library science. Her professional focus was in working in science and research libraries. She was a founding member of Broadus Memorial Baptist Church.