Advancement & Public Services
Norm & Carmelita Teeter
Largest Planned Gift in Western's History
Western Illinois University alumnus Dr. Norman C. Teeter and his wife Dr. Carmelita B. Teeter of Memphis, TN, have made history at Western. On October 20, 2006, the Teeters were on campus and announced a planned gift that will benefit Western at the time of their deaths. They have named Western Illinois University as a beneficiary of a $20 million trust that they have recently funded. The trust has a payout rate of eight percent, and the income from the trust will support Western for a period of 20 years. Proceeds from the trust will be directed to The Norman and Carmelita Teeter Endowment and will support Western’s psychology department and international programs.
Over the years the Teeters have provided financial support for graduate assistantships for international students in psychology, sponsored graduate research projects in psychology, and upgraded equipment in the psychology department. In addition, they have financed improvements to the International House, a year-round residential facility for students from all countries. Since 2003 the Teeters have contributed more than $130,000 to support students, research, and facilities at Western.
“Education in general is our number one priority,” Norman Teeter said. “More specifically, we are interested in assisting international students and in encouraging institutions of higher education to consider addiction a major social issue. Both Carmelita and I have a connection to Western, both academic and emotional, and we trust that Western will advance our goals. Given our connection, choosing Western was easy.”
A native of Mt. Carroll (IL), Norman came to Western after serving in the military because his sister had attended here. After trying several directions, a turning point came when Teeter began to focus on his liberal arts studies, blending his interest in social sciences with psychology and specializing in substance abuse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western in 1967. Carmelita received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of medicine degrees from Manila Central University in the Philippines. She received further training in psychiatry while completing her residency in Massachusetts.
Norman and Carmelita met while working at a hospital in the field of addiction, and married in 1977. Together they have established multiple clinics in Tennessee and Kentucky for the treatment of substance abuse.
To recognize their past philanthropic and altruistic endeavors the couple was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Western at the May 2006 Commencement Exercises.
“The Teeter’s support of Western Illinois University is exceptional. Their generosity and focus on education will truly make a difference in the lives of WIU students. The Teeters’ priorities and the university’s values will work together to enhance the individual experience at Western and prepare professionals to handle difficult social issues. We are grateful for their commitment to Western.”