HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Aegis Sciences Corp. recently donated funds to improve Union University Hendersonville's science laboratory, which was named after the corporation in honor of the donation.
A ceremony was held Sept. 13 at Union University Hendersonville to commemorate the three-year partnership between Aegis and Union. Larry Vaughan, the assistant vice president for advancement at Union, said that Aegis will provide financial support to improve Union University Hendersonville’s laboratory technology.
“Union is excited to partner with the local business community,” Vaughan said. “We hope to continue the partnership with Aegis long after the current three-year agreement.”
David Black, the founder and CEO of Aegis, made the donation to support the development of scientific education in Middle Tennessee, said Charles Lea, a professor of educational leadership and the executive director of Union University Hendersonville. Aegis is a forensic toxicology and health care sciences laboratory headquartered in Nashville.
Lea added that Union’s commitment to faith and excellence in education sparked an interest in David and his wife, Congressman Diane Black, who are both Christians. The common interests shared between Union and the Black family led to the current partnership.
“The value of Union is in not only the education quality of their students but also the emphasis on character and Christian values,” David said. “The Aegis culture is the foundation of our success. And our business culture is based on traditional Christian values.”
Union University Hendersonville’s science laboratory will be used by more than Union students, Lea said. The donation will provide high school students an opportunity to use the laboratory for scientific demonstrations and experiments. Local nurses also will have access to the laboratory for additional training.
“Both Congressman Black and Dr. Black are active community leaders and generous supporters for the development of science education in our area,” Lea said. “They are keenly supportive of and interested in anything that advances the study of the sciences.”
By Beth Byrd