Leadership: Margaret and Andy Teeter '71
A five-dollar check changed Andy Teeter '71.
Newly graduated from Roanoke College, Teeter was hired as an insurance salesman by Thomas
Rutherfoord '37, a Roanoke resident and fellow Sigma Chi. Rutherfoord, an ardent supporter of the community, encouraged his employees to contribute to the local United Way campaign. In compliance, Teeter wrote a check for five dollars, which Rutherfoord ripped up in front of him. "You can do better than this," he admonished Teeter, lecturing him on the importance of philanthropy.
Now based in Charleston, WV, Teeter has never forgotten that message. During his undergraduate years at RC, Andy was a resident advisor, class president, and an honor council member. He also was the recipient of Sigma Chi Tau Chapter's prestigious Balfour Award in recognition of his excellence in academics, character, fraternity service, and leadership. He continues to be active in his church and the
Charleston community. On top of all that, he has been a one-man PR department for the College, promoting Roanoke to students from the Charleston area and supporting it financially through the Associates Program and the Society of 1842. Distressed that so many of the Greater Kanawha Valley's bright young people considered a private college beyond their financial means and instead chose to attend the larger state schools, he set up the Andrew K. Teeter Scholarship for area students enrolling at Roanoke College. To date, he has helped at least 15 West Virginia students attend his alma mater.
In recognition of his many leadership roles, in 1992 Teeter was named a Roanoke College Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni.
"My investment," he admits, "is well kept."