Drs. George and Esther Jetter: A long-term investment in MVNU

The Jetters

Drs. George and Esther (Moore ’05) Jetter have invested in Mount Vernon Nazarene University since its founding through scholarships, building projects and faithful prayer.

“The Jetters were early and consistent supporters of MVNC/U. Their hearty faith in the mission of MVNU has been realized in buildings and scholarships over the years. The University is grateful for the continuing faith and sacrifice of George and Esther,” said MVNU President Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D.

The Jetters, formerly from Fort Recovery, Ohio, founded what became Fort Recovery Industries in 1945. George served as a member of the site search/selection committee that initially chose Mount Vernon as the location for a university, the institution’s first treasurer, and chair of the Finance Committee on the Board of Trustees for 31 years. George received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from MVNC in 1978, and Esther received an honorary Doctor of Laws and Letters degree from MVNU in 2005.

Over the years, the Jetters have generously contributed to MVNU scholarship funds and numerous campus building projects. They also established the Jetter Mission Endowed Scholarship in their desire to see future leaders become ambassadors of Christ proclaiming the Gospel in obedience to the Great Commission.

“When I think of the Jetters,” stated former MVNU President Dr. E. LeBron Fair-banks, “I think of their quiet ministry of support. We are indeed grateful!”

Displaying their passion for children, family, entrepreneurship and education, their family provided funds that helped build the Free Enterprise Business Center and the Clarence and Jennie Moore Center, named for Jennie K. Moore, Esther’s mother, who had a caring attitude and raised five children with her husband, Clarence. In the fall of 2001, the Esther Jetter Preschool opened to offer developmentally appropriate preschool programs for 3-5-year-olds to learn and grow in a Christian environment.

Dr. George Jetter passed away July 19, 2009. The following November, the board of trustees announced that the School of Business would be named the Jetter School of Business in honor of the trustee emeritus and friend of the university.

“George Jetter embodied a spirit of entrepreneurship, faith and loyalty in his working life and in his philanthropic life. His dedication to Christian higher education and MVNU, specifically, resulted in greater educational opportunities for thousands of Midwestern students,” said former MVNU President Dr. Dan Martin. “It is only fitting to honor the memory of this dynamic, yet humble, man by naming our School of Business in his honor.”

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