Rawhousers make commitment to capital improvement project

Release Date: 11/5/2008

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – David and Jill Rawhouser of Arlington, Texas, have made a $100,000 commitment to the University of the Ozarks' capital improvement project.

Primary components of the $11 million capital improvements project are the renovation and expansion of the university’s Seay Student Center, and the construction of a new apartment-style residence hall. The capital improvements project is part of the university’s broader $40 million Promise of Excellence Campaign, which runs until March 31, 2011.

“Jill and I were raised in the Midwest by parents who recognized the importance of hard work and education,” said David Rawhouser, a 1969 Ozarks graduate. “We have both been truly blessed in our lives and we know we would not be where we are today without the advantage that a college education has given us. To me, Ozarks not only reinforced the values instilled in me by my family, it also allowed me to gain confidence that I could accept any challenge life gave me.

“Every day, my company has a ‘Quote of the Day.’ Ironically, today’s quote is from Sister Mary Rose McGeady who said, ‘There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.’ Our gift is one way we felt we could help the next generation of Ozarks students obtain direction in their lives from an administration, faculty and staff who truly believe, as we do, in Sister McGeady’s philosophy.”

David Rawhouser is an accountant for Quicksilver Resources in Fort Worth and has spent his career in the oil and gas industry in Houston and Fort Worth. He is a member of the university’s board of trustees where he serves as chair of the finance committee. He is also a long-time member and past president of the U of O Alumni Association. He and his wife Jill are also active in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington. The Rawhousers have one son, Patrick.