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Joe and Cathi Maynard made a transformational commitment to give $2 million in the course of 10 years to establish the Joe and Cathi Maynard Family Fund of Excellence at Austin Peay State University.

Joe and Cathi Maynard made a transformational commitment to give $2 million in the course of 10 years to establish the Joe and Cathi Maynard Family Fund of Excellence at Austin Peay State University.

Each year, the fund will be used to meet the greatest needs of the University and its students. The fund has had a significant impact on the “What If” Comprehensive Campaign for Austin Peay, the most ambitious fundraising effort in University history.

The Maynards also recently made a contribution to the Austin Peay dance team fund of excellence, enabling the Austin Peay dance team to buy new uniforms and travel to nationals, where they placed third in the country. The gift and their other impressive commitments from previous years have contributed to the overall fundraising total for the campaign.

During the campaign, they made gifts to funds including the Austin Peay victory fund, the baseball fund of excellence and the baseball improvement fund, the softball fund of excellence, the football fund of excellence, the men’s basketball fund of excellence, the athletics director fund of excellence and the Candlelight Ball.

Most notably, the Maynards designated $1.25 million to the baseball and softball facility fund. The gifts, combined with the donation for their new fund, bring their total giving during the campaign to $3.5 million.

“Joe and Cathi have an impressive passion for supporting all areas of our university, as well as our student-athletes,” said vice president for university advancement Kris Phillips. “We cannot thank them enough for the many contributions they have made to continue our legacy of excellence.”

Several years ago, Joe and Cathi Maynard moved with their family to Montgomery County. Joe Maynard is a co-owner of ECHO Power Engineering, a power engineering company with customers such as the Hospital Corporation of America, the Tennessee Valley Authority and NASA. He and his business partner decided to form a 10-year partnership with Austin Peay to give back to their new community. This led the university’s athletics department to rename the club level inside Fortera Stadium the ECHO Power Club Level.

Since 2017, Joe and Cathi Maynard continued to give generously to the university, including the baseball field – now named Joe Maynard Field – and the softball park – known as Cathi Maynard Park. Overall, their giving to Austin Peay was substantial. The Maynards also helped other areas of the university, including sponsorship opportunities through their business.

Joe Maynard retired from the U.S. Army, having spent most of his career as a prime power production specialist with the Corps of Engineers. In the position, he traveled the world, providing critical infrastructure to developing nations. He met his future wife while serving in the military. She also served in the U.S. Army, as did several other members of their family. In 2020, the Maynards received the Austin Peay philanthropists of the year award presented by the Austin Peay board of trustees.

The gift is part of the “What if” comprehensive campaign for Austin Peay, launched Nov. 19. To learn more about the campaign, visit apsu.edu/whatif or connect on Facebook at facebook.com/austinpeay, Twitter at twitter.com/APSUAlumni or Instagram at instagram.com/apsualumni using #whatifapsu.

To support Austin Peay fundraising initiatives, contact the office of university advancement at 931-221-7127.