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September 2015

Pastor Spreads Blessings to University with Legacy Gift


The Rev. Lynne Manilla MS'83 has included UT Dallas in her estate plans, using an individual retirement account to benefit the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

The Rev. Lynne Manilla MS'83 first heard of "noblesse oblige" — a concept in which those who have been blessed have a duty to be generous to others — as a young girl. Once old enough to understand it, she has sought to live out the phrase.

With a giving spirit extending beyond the church, Manilla has long supported organizations that are important to her, including UT Dallas, which she first contributed to via Comet Call.

Now, Manilla is including the University in her estate plans, using an individual retirement account and other assets to set up an opportunity fund to benefit the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

"We have a duty to pay it forward," she said. "When I was in college, I didn't realize that those before me helped make it possible for me to pursue my studies."

After earning a degree in French studies in the early 1970s, Manilla worked in New York City, wading through membership information, data and statistics for Girl Scouts USA before the office even had computers. In 1979, she transferred to Dallas and soon after decided to pursue a master's degree at UT Dallas. Manilla studied administration sciences with a concentration in organizational behavior at the University, garnering knowledge that served her well throughout her ministerial career.

Eventually, she left North Texas and earned a master of divinity degree in 1993. She then served as pastor of Presbyterian churches in North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois and Virginia.

Although retired, Manilla regularly serves as a substitute pastor and on church committees. Additionally, she travels worldwide, acting upon a desire that first cropped up while living in Lebanon as a teenager.

But regardless where her travels take her, Manilla continues to have a fondness for the University.

"It is exciting to see the quality of the education at UT Dallas and be part of it continuing for others," she said.

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Media Contact: Jill Blevins, UT Dallas, (972) 883-5386, [email protected]

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