The Legacy Foundation officially said goodbye and thank you to Dr. Marlene Sprouse as she retired from their Board of Directors during the September board meeting. Dr. Sprouse joined the Board in 2015 and became Chair in January, 2020.
“Marlene is well known for the impact she made at Indian Hills Community College as well as students she instructed during her teaching years. What some may not be as aware of, is her service to our community through the work she did as a Legacy Board Member and subsequent Chair,” stated Kelly Genners, President and CEO of the Legacy Foundation. “Marlene has been a consummate advocate not only for education but for our community as a whole.”
As a way to show their appreciation, the Board of Directors gave two gifts. One being a fun caricature depicting her juggling as the “Board Chair Extraordinaire” with her Indian Hills Community College office as a setting and Legacy Foundation plaque on the wall.
The second gift the Board gave is the Dr. Sprouse Legacy Scholarship to Ottumwa Leadership Academy to be awarded annually.
“I was so touched by both gifts. The caricature is great and so original! And the scholarship in my name is very meaningful. I personally, along with Indian Hills Community College, have been big supporters of the community leadership development provided by the program.”
Dr. Sprouse will continue to be the Dean for Ottumwa Leadership Academy for the class of 2021 after she relocates to the Des Moines area to be close to family after retirement from IHCC and the Legacy Board of Directors.