Jane Price Claxton

Jane Price Claxton stands beside her husband and smiles for the camera

Why We Give.

 

On September 13, 1964, when I became a student at Wesleyan College, there was no way for me to imagine the extent of the positive impact the school would have on me for the remainder of my life. Nor could the young man I eventually married—and had dated since the day after my sixteenth birthday—have imagined how much Wesleyan College would come to mean to him! Today my husband, Joe, and I are very grateful for what Wesleyan has meant in our lives. Joe shares the enduring friendships and many of the great memories I have from my days at Wesleyan College. Wesleyan gave me the foundation for twenty-five successful years as a teacher, guidance counselor, and college counselor at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon. Joe, now a professor emeritus at Mercer University School of Law, had a unique perspective during his career from which to evaluate the worth of a Wesleyan education. As a teacher and administrator at the Law School, he admitted or taught a number of Wesleyan graduates. Without exception, all of them were fine students and are alumnae Mercer Law School is very proud to claim. 

As long-time residents of Macon, Joe and I have had an opportunity to observe many of the changes that have occurred at Wesleyan during the last few decades. New academic majors and programs are part of the curriculum. New outreach initiatives have engaged students in the life of the Macon community. New buildings enhance Wesleyan’s academic mission and add to the grace and beauty of the campus. Among those buildings is the lovely Pierce Chapel, which for many students and alumnae has become the physical heart and soul of Wesleyan College. Indeed, Pierce Chapel is symbolic of the fact that Wesleyannes across generations have an unbreakable connection. Now Wesleyan is embarking on a building project that goes to the core of education in every academic institution—the renovation of Willet Library. The planned renovation of Willet will address the learning processes of today’s college students, all of whom use technology in ways that did not even exist when I was a Wesleyanne. Fifty years ago, no Wesleyan student could have envisioned that hall phones would be replaced by smart phones!

Higher education always has been costly. My parents sacrificed to send me (and my younger sister, Janis Eugenia Price, PK ’74) to Wesleyan College, and parents do the same today. My parents were confident Wesleyan College would provide an excellent education for their daughters. It did exactly that, both inside and outside the classroom. Joe and I support Wesleyan College because we want students enrolled during the twenty-first century to have the same opportunities that Wesleyan provided for me fifty years ago.

Jane Price Claxton  
Class of 1968

Jane Price Claxton 

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