Published June 09, 2020

Donor Spotlight: Joanne Moy ’70

How Monmouth helped shaped her weltanschauung.
  • Michael Robinson and Joanne Moy ’70

In 1983, Moy and her husband, Michael Robinson, started Princeton Assessment & Training Systems Inc., a marketing, sales and consulting company for educational products and training programs. Years later, she helped her town in New Jersey establish an art museum, named after John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), who is considered “the father of American trompe l’oeil painting.”

THEIR GIFT: Moy and Robinson supported the College’s 2019 trip to Wyoming, which allowed education students to see how place-based learning works in rural schools.

WHY THEY GIVE: “Our professional and volunteer activities have always been centered around education – both inside and outside the classroom,” says Moy. While serving rural schools in Alabama and Mississippi, Moy and Robinson saw that the University of West Alabama’s “grow your own” approach is a significant step toward providing teachers with a heart for rural areas and the skills needed to serve them. Monmouth is taking a similar approach. “Contributing to a specific program supported our needs to do some good in a focused manner,” says Moy.

WHAT MONMOUTH MEANS: Monmouth was the first place Moy heard the word “weltanschauung,” or worldview. “As one goes through life, one’s worldview will evolve,” she says. “When confronted with a complex problem or question, it’s important to examine all the issues with rigor, and that means listening to all sides. It’s not always comfortable, but that’s how you gather intelligence and that’s how you grow.” Returning to campus in 2012 after being away for years, Moy says she was “blown away” by the College’s development. It “deserves to be on the national stage, competing with other liberal arts colleges,” she says.

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