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ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

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click to enlarge WANDA AND JIM VAUGHN: Leave most of estate to ASU. - ASU
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Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The Vaughns, who promised the gift years ago, both held education degrees from ASU. Before retirement, she taught speech and drama and he was the principal at Hoxie High School.

They'd made other gifts to ASU over the years.

Their bequest, the largest received by ASU, will go to endowed professorships, a scholarship for future educators, art gallery support, student financial assistance and student life enhancement.

An ASU release detailed the Vaughns many interests. They collaborated in production of historical dramas such as "The Crowley's Ridge Story," "Mother of Counties" and "The Heritage Trail," in Greene and Lawrence Counties.  Vaughn served on the Arkansas Educational Television Commission and was influential in introducing high school Quiz Bowl competition. He also wrote educational books, computer programs and fiction about his boyhood home in Kentucky.

They'd served on a variety of ASU boards and also established the Jim and Wanda Lee Vaugh Athletic Endowment for athletes.

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