​​Non-alumnus Gifts $600K in Property to ASU

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Dr. Roosevelt McCorvey, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Montgomery, wanted to draw upon Alabama State University’s historic strengths by helping to prepare ASU students for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter.

McCorvey, a non-alumnus, gifted Alabama State University with property worth $600,000. The gift closely mirrors alumni giving.

“I call myself a friend of the University because I graduated from another HBCU in Alabama.  I practice in Montgomery and the population here is responsible for whatever I got. I wanted to give back to that community.  So, we offered the property to ASU and they accepted it,” he said.  “I could have tried to extract as many dollars out of the building that I could but…. I thought I could come to close proximity to regeneration by donating it to an institution. I wanted it to be used beyond my use.”

McCorvery hopes the tripod building consisting of three suites, located on the city’s west side, will be used as a human science facility.

“But, if Alabama State can convert it to use that is favorable to them, I’m okay with that,” he said.

The Florida native’s connection to ASU is tied to his best friend.

“My late frat brother and best friend, Richard Quinton Thomas,  a staunch ASU graduate, was the most influential in my decision. He helped me build the building,” he said.

Other ASU ties, he noted, include his wife and other ASU graduates.

“Both my wife’s parents graduated from ASU. I have several good friends who are ASU graduates.  President Quinton T. Ross and  I attended the same church for many years and a lot of ASU faculty attend church  (Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church) with me. And my friend Dr. John  Henry Winston’s son, Dr. John H. Winston, III,  married one of my daughters, Dr. Barbara Michele McCorvey; both are Alabama State graduates,” he added. “I was connected  to a lot of people in the community from Alabama State after being there for 40-plus years.”

McCorvey recalls a fond memory of ASU. “When I was a very young fellow my parents brought me to a  Turkey Day football game when ASU played Tuskegee. That was a great day. I’ve been back to the ASU campus several times, off and on, since that day.”

McCorvey said he could have become a Hornet, but at the time, the Pensacola, Florida native said Tuskegee offered medical programs.  “I wanted to be a doctor, that’s why I went to Tuskegee.”

​​McCorvey encourages others to consider supporting HBCUs through planned giving.  “I am honored to help others and I encourage others to do so.”

Audrey Parks, ASU’s director of Development,  said the University is most grateful for McCorvey’s philanthropic generosity.

“Through Dr.. McCorvey’s gift, his legacy of generosity will live on at ASU,” Parks said.

Parks noted that private gifts of this nature from alumni and friends of the University improve the quality of an ASU education and are used to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and students and provide funding for instruction and research.

For information on how you can support Alabama State University, contact the Office of Development at 334-229-5620 or asudevelopment@alasu.edu