Donor Spotlight: Leigh Wallace Dodd
Leigh Wallace Dodd ’12 was introduced to Peace at a very young age. When she was in second grade, she attended a Christmas Market held on campus with her mother. It was there, walking around campus, looking at the dorms and the buildings are where she fell in love with Peace. Dodd made her official decision to attend Peace during her senior year of high school after taking an official tour around campus.
Dodd became involved with the Student Government Association during her tenure at Peace. She served as Executive Assistant to the President, Vice President and served as President during her senior year. She fondly remembers SGA creating a “Waterpaloozaextravaganza.” Water guns and 2,000 water balloons were filled and distributed to students, faculty and staff, a huge water slide was set up in Main Lawn, and the whole Peace Community was involved with a campus-wide water fight. “This was the best way to end the Spring semester,” she stated.
However, her favorite Peace Memory was the annual Christmas Celebration held on the last day of the classes before Christmas Break. A formal Christmas Dinner was held in Belk, followed by Christmas Chapel. Santa always made an appearance to hear Christmas wishes and to sing Christmas carols with the students. Dodd remembers, “Our friends always left campus after these events to drive to Meadow, about thirty minutes away, to look at Christmas lights, ride an old-timey train, and buy candy in their general store. This night was always so special to us, and one that we participated in all four years of school.”
Leigh Wallace Dodd is a Peace legacy. Both her mother and her godmother attended Peace College and graduated in 1977, and she hopes that her children are future Pacers as well. Currently, Dodd acts as an alumni mentor to current WPU students. She and her husband, Haiden, frequently participate in the Dinner with Pacers program and host students at their home for dinner multiple times a year. Dodd recognizes that many generations of alumni give to and help support Peace. That generous spirit made her beloved memories and her education at Peace possible, “because of that, it’s my turn to contribute so that others will be able to do the same. My sons or daughters may not choose to attend Peace in the future – although I hope they do! But I hope that my monthly contributions will enable others who see the same thing in Peace that I did to make a choice to make Peace their home.”“It’s my turn to contribute so that others will be able to do the same. My sons or daughters may not choose to attend Peace in the future – although I hope they do! But I hope that my monthly contributions will enable others who see the same thing in Peace that I did to make a choice to make Peace their home.”