Dedicated faculty continue to impact students through planned giving

Alan Klaas and Teresa Love

Three retired faculty members and their families made significant gifts to the College of Music in support of their beloved students. Jim and Cheryl Gillespie, Eva and Harold Heiberg, and Deanna Bush have named the College of Music as a beneficiary in their estate plans. Their planned gifts will support:

The James and Cheryl Gillespie Scholarship in Clarinet
The James and Cheryl Gillespie Fellowship in Clarinet
The James and Cheryl Gillespie Visiting Artists Endowment Fund
The Harold Heiberg Voice/Accompanying Scholarship
The Ralph W. Bush and Pauline H. Bush Professorship in Music History
The Ralph W. Bush and Pauline H. Bush Doctoral Fellowship in Music History

For each, passion for supporting UNT students was their primary motivation.

For Harold and Eva Heiberg, Harold’s students were their extended family, and the decision to create an endowment was prompted by a desire to support exceptionally talented vocalists and accompanists.

Deanna Bush, emerita professor of music history, is passionate about supporting music history students, the music history program, and honoring her parents, Ralph and Pauline.

Jim and Cheryl Gillespie explained, “It was such a pleasure to work with UNT students. We are so pleased that we are now able to support them.”

A planned gift is any gift made as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning and often enables donors to make larger gifts than they could donate from their current income. Planned gifts may include cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, personal property, life insurance, etc.

“These generous gifts will have a long-lasting impact on UNT students,” says Alan Klaas, senior director of development for the UNT College of Music. “A planned gift is a wonderful way to make a substantial contribution to UNT. Many alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university opt to make a gift of a will, trust, estate, or life insurance policy as a way of making a significant gift.

To learn more about how to support the UNT College of Music, contact Alan Klaas at or call 940-369-7979.


Pictured above: Jim and Cheryl Gillespie