University of Mount Olive Receives Six Figure Estate Gift

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive has received a gift of $124,732.82 from the estate of the late Dr. Jane Bush Fagg (September 23,1937 – November 7, 2010).  The money will be added to the Daniel W. Fagg, Jr. Endowed Library Fund at the College.  Jane established the fund in 1998 as a tribute to her husband.

The late Daniel W. Fagg, Jr. (June 5, 1930-February 19, 1991) grew up in Mount Olive and served as professor of history and academic dean at University of Mount Olive from 1956-58 and 1964-65. He played a very influential part in beginning the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection at University of Mount Olive as well as penning the College’s Alma Mater.

Jane married Daniel W. Fagg, Jr. in 1966, and shortly after, they both took positions within the history department at Arkansas College, which is now known as Lyon College.  Jane was considered an outstanding motivator of students, receiving many distinguished awards including the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in teaching in 1984 as well as the Arkansas Historical Association’s Lucille Westbrook Award for Best Article in Local History. She also served as the second Paul McCain Professor of History at Arkansas College.  After 34 years of teaching, Jane retired to Albertson, NC and dedicated her time to writing articles and helping establish the Grady-Outlaw Library in Duplin County.

Income from the Daniel W. Fagg, Jr. Endowed Library Fund is used to provide discretionary funds for the purpose of purchasing books and other carefully selected learning resources that support the curriculum of the College in history and related social sciences.

“This gift provides for students now and for succeeding generations to have the resources for their academic disciplines of study,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kevin J. Jean.  “Planned gifts help sustain the future by giving to endowments, while being able to leave a legacy of the past.”

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit