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Liberty University receives $1.5 million gift from benefactor

February 4, 2011 : Mitzi Bible/Liberty University News Service

Philip Pou, right, poses with Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty's founder, when he visited campus in 2004.

Liberty University recently received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of one of its longtime supporters.

Philip Pou of Saluda, S.C., made Liberty the beneficiary of his IRA. He died last year at the age of 80.

Tom Arnold, Director for Development at Liberty, said Pou was a faithful donor since the early 1980s, giving more than $1.5 million even before his death.

“He loved Dr. [Jerry] Falwell [Liberty’s founder] and he loved what the school is doing to train young champions for Christ,” Arnold said.

Liberty has not yet determined how Pou’s gift will be used.

Arnold said that when Pou visited campus he loved to meet with students and talk about all the new facilities and academic improvements.

“He loved the fact Liberty was growing and doing well and was excited to see the Lord’s blessings on Liberty.”

Pou believed in the value of higher education. He received an undergraduate degree from Furman University and a master’s in economics from Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a salesman for Ford Motor Company for more than 20 years and at Beach Ford in Norfolk, Va. Everett Foutz, a Planned Giving officer who has visited Mr. Pou often at his home, said his sales awards cover an entire wall.

  • Pou was featured in the Liberty Journal a few months before he died. Read the article here.