HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The founder of a renowned gifted studies center at The University of Southern Mississippi was honored during a reception Thursday. Dr. Frances Karnes, who taught at Southern Miss for 41 years, was the guest of honor at a gathering at the Ogletree House.
She founded the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies in 1979.
During the reception, Karnes received a painting of the USM Administration Building. And it was also announced that an anonymous donation of $250,000 had been made toward a gifted education endowment in Karnes' name. That endowment already has $500,000 and the goal is to raise $1 million.
"A generous, anonymous donor has stepped up with a $250,000 challenge grant," said Dr. Shannon Fleming, executive director of the USM Foundation. "They're going to match dollar for dollar, so once that is met, we'll be at the additional $500,000 that we need to meet that $1 million goal," he said.
"(The donation) makes me feel wonderful, absolutely wonderful and I hope that people who believe in gifted education will help match that," said Karnes.
Karnes joined the USM faculty in 1973. She retired last summer.