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Farmer, Philanthropist, Friend: Harryette Campbell Cultivates Dreams for Southeast Students


Harryette Campbell of Sikeston, Mo., has devoted her life to cultivating strong-performing crops on thousands of acres of farmland in southeast Missouri. At the same time, she also has prepared a solid foundation to nurture the dreams of many Southeast Missouri State University students.

Born and raised in southeast Missouri, Harryette grew up on a farm near Lilbourn, which sparked a lifelong interest in agriculture. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in English, she returned to southeast Missouri, established her home in Sikeston and partnered with her brother in the cotton gin industry in Bell City. After her brother's death, she decided to return to her family's farm, where she manages several thousand acres of farmland by coordinating government agricultural programs, selling crops and managing the farm's books.

While farming has been her lifelong passion, Campbell also has devoted time and demonstrated great foresight in establishing endowments with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to benefit Southeast students for many years to come. More than 30 Southeast students have benefited from scholarships given by Campbell over the years, and her most recent gift established the H.B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship in memory of her father to support female agriculture students studying at the Sikeston campus.

As an archeological hobbyist and an experienced international traveler, Campbell has also made gifts to endow the Harryette B. Campbell Endowed Anthropological Fund, which has enabled students studying abroad to participate in "Harryette Campbell Days." These day trips allow students to experience unique educational opportunities in the country in which they are traveling. Her "travel scholarships" have sent Southeast students to Fiji, Romania, Costa Rica and Spain.

Harryette has also supported Southeast's River Campus through gifts to the Theatre and Dance Guild and the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. The Museum's Thomas Beckwith Collection is housed in the Harryette J. Campbell Visible Storage area, where visitors can view and study more than 900 whole ceramic vessels and effigy fragments, plus about 2,000 lithics, most of which were excavated by Thomas Beckwith.

In addition to her significant contributions, she has planned for the future through charitable gift arrangements, including a generous bequest and charitable gift annuities. Via her estate, Harryette has planned for additional future gifts to support Southeast students in the areas she has assisted throughout her life. Her charitable gift annuities, through which she receives additional income for life, and, at the same time, ensures a future gift to assist Southeast students, will ultimately provide funds to be added to her endowment for anthropology and create an endowment for liberal arts students.

In recognition of preparing her charitable gift plans, Campbell became a member of the Horizon Club, the planned giving recognition society through which the Southeast Missouri University Foundation recognizes those donors who have chosen to benefit the University through a will, trust, life income plan, insurance policy or retirement plan designation.

The Southeast Missouri University Foundation has also recognized Harryette for her generous gifts through the years as a member in the President's Council and the Copper Dome Society. In addition, Harryette has been honored with the 2011 Friend of the University Award and a 2005 Distinguished Service Award for her lasting contributions to Southeast and her community.

"Harryette Campbell has a true passion for helping students achieve their dreams and has a special love for Southeast Missouri State because of the difference she believes it makes in students' lives and the southeast Missouri region. Her many gifts to this University will benefit students now and into the future," says Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

"Harryette has given to many and varied programs at Southeast," he adds. "She has been supportive of the River Campus and of the theatre and dance program because of the value she believes it brings to the region. She also has a special interest in the University Museum because of her lifetime interest in anthropology. She has supported Southeast students in anthropology for many years after this discipline sparked her interest as a college student. She has supported scholarships in agriculture and liberal arts because of the value she believes these programs are making right here in this region.

"Harryette Campbell's generosity will have a significant and lasting impact on Southeast Missouri State University," President Dobbins says.

Like Harryette, you, too, can make a difference at SEMO. For more information, contact Trudy G. Lee, Ed.D. at 573.651.5935 or 888.812.3769 or

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