Left to right: ASU President Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Dr. Rubye Coleman Sanders, and Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr.

By David Campbell/ASU

Union Springs native Dr. Rubye Coleman Sanders & spouse gave donations to ASU’s education students.

A Union Springs native who graduated from Alabama State University and her husband have recently made generous donations to the University that will enable it to enhance the education of its students, promoting and preserving the vision, goals and traditions of ASU.

Dr. Rubye Coleman Sanders (ASU ‘71), a native of Union Springs and her husband Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr. (ASU ‘70) who was raised in Enterprise, have made generous contributions to Alabama State’s College of Education (COE), where they met and fell in love in college, and where they both got their starts as educators.

The Sanders donated the funds for a new computer lab and for a faculty/student lounge for education college doctoral students.

The couple now lives in South Carolina, but their roots are home in Alabama.

Union Springs Native, Rubye Coleman Sanders, grew up in Union Springs and graduated from Carver High School in 1967. Her mother is Bertha Jean Coleman (100 years-old) and her father was the late John Coleman, Jr. Rubye’s husband, Johnny Sanders, Jr., was raised in Enterprise and graduated from Coppinville High School in 1967 - his parents were the late John W. Sanders and the late Helen Tindel Sanders.

Rubye Coleman Sanders said she is proud to carry on the legacy that was given to her by her teachers in Houston County.

She said she is living proof of the opportunity available at ASU, and she wants to ensure that opportunity is extended to current and future students.

“All of my teachers at Carver High School in Union Springs were graduates of Alabama State; they were good role models, and I wanted to be just like them,” Rubye Sanders said.

“When I attended ASU, I knew that it was here that I would be able to fulfill my dreams,” she added. “Opportunity is at ASU.”

Johnny Sanders expressed that it was imperative to give back to the University that gave them both so much and said many of his high school teachers in Enterprise at Coppinville High were ASU graduates and they “lit a fire” within him to always strive for excellence.

“We decided after we retired that we would give back to this great institution,” said Sanders.

Sanders lab, The Sanders jointly presented $50,000 to the University.

An audience of former classmates, professors, family and friends were on hand recently to show their support and appreciation for the couple’s generosity at a ceremony as the “Dr. Rubye Coleman Sanders Doctoral Program Computer Lab” and the “Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr., Faculty/Student Lounge” was dedicated.

ASU President Gwendolyn E. Boyd expressed her gratitude for the couple’s generosity, praising them for “paying it forward” and making a “tangible and lasting contribution” for future generations of Hornets.“We are grateful for your great careers and the wonderful opportunity that you have had throughout your lives that all started right here at Alabama State,” Boyd said.

“As we create a stronger community of future scholars and leaders, they will know and will be able to acknowledge who supported their development.

I’m personally grateful to both of you for making the decision to invest in the lives of those who are yet to come to our alma mater.”

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