Hortons Pledge to The Wesleyan Fund to Meet Immediate Needs

November 23, 2009

John and Joann Horton have an understanding of the help The Wesleyan Fund for annual giving can provide the University.

An unrestricted fund composed of a range of annual gifts of every size, The Wesleyan Fund is used wherever the University needs it most — whether for student scholarships, academic programs or even to help maintain the beauty of the campus itself. The Hortons have been giving to The Wesleyan Fund for years. Now the couple is coming to the aid of The Wesleyan Fund again, this time pledging $250,000 over five years. They know their gift will go where it is most needed.

The Hortons understand the financial need an unrestricted gift can supply. Joann Horton is a CFO of a national insurance consulting company while also raising the couple's two children, John and Emily. As a double major in business administration and political science at Illinois Wesleyan, John Horton's majors served him well as Operating Partner and Managing Director at various private equity firms and as CFO or executive positions at GE, AlliedSignal, and Omega Holdings.

The first Alumni Volunteer Chair to the Board of the Alumni Association in 2000, John Horton now serves on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees. He has served on the Executive Board of the IWU Alumni Association and chaired the Alumni Annual Fund. The 1997 recipient of the University's Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, today John Horton is an investor, advisor and venture capitalist.