St. Thomas U. receives $40,000 donation from American Airlines

American Airlines (AA) gifted $40,000 to St. Thomas University (STU) in honor of Marilyn DeVoe, who is retiring after 39 years with AA. DeVoe, a lifelong advocate for education, has served as vice president-Miami since 2010.

DeVoe’s relationship with STU started 17 years ago when she worked with STU president Monsignor Franklyn Casale to build a vocational school in Haiti — Haiti Tec.

Haiti Tec was built by an alliance of South Florida businesses, which included The Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Children’s Trust and six Haitian business associations, as well as American Airlines. DeVoe recently was named a member of St. Thomas University’s President’s Board of Advisors.

“We believe education lays a foundation for excellence, and American Airlines’ generous gift in honor of Marilyn tells us they feel the same,” Msgr. Casale said. “This is a fitting way to honor someone that values the power of a good education.”

STU will use this substantial donation to continue developing leaders for life, and to provide scholarships to its students.

“Marilyn is a homegrown hero at American, having begun her career in the finance department in 1977,” said Robert Isom, chief operating officer of American Airlines. “She is a passionate advocate for her employees and for Miami-Dade County and we are thrilled to make this donation to St. Thomas University in her honor.”

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