Southern Oregon University has awarded its 2011 President's Medal to Ashland residents Jerry and Jeanne Taylor, creators of the Taylor Family Foundation and active supporters of SOU and many Rogue Valley organizations.

Southern Oregon University has awarded its 2011 President's Medal to Ashland residents Jerry and Jeanne Taylor, creators of the Taylor Family Foundation and active supporters of SOU and many Rogue Valley organizations.

Jerry Taylor is the former Senior Vice President and CFO of Applied Materials, the world leader in semiconductor fabrication systems and service for the worldwide semiconductor industry. After retirement, Jerry and his wife Jeanne moved from the Silicon Valley to Ashland and became involved in local philanthropic work.

The Taylors have helped raise money for SOU in support of Hannon Library, the Schneider Museum of Art, Chamber Music Concerts, the Raider Club, the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, and the SOU Annual Fund. They also support music scholarships at SOU. The Taylors contribute in other ways, as well. Jeanne has served on the SOU President's Advisory Board, and Jerry has been a member of the Foundation Board.