Lansing Community College

LCC Foundation receives $900,000 planned gift

By Marilyn Twine

Portrait of Richard A. Sellers

Lansing, Mich. - (Feb. 24, 2022) The Lansing Community College Foundation recently received a major gift from the estate of Richard A. Sellers. Sellers passed away in 2012 and left an initial gift of $100,000 to support scholarships for students at LCC.

This year, after the passing of his longtime partner, the Foundation received an additional gift of $900,000 from Mr. Sellers’ estate. These generous gifts will support scholarships in perpetuity as an endowment with the Foundation.

“We are excited Richard thought of the LCC Foundation as a way to leave his legacy,” said Cathy Zell executive director of the Foundation. “This gift will provide the dream of higher education for many LCC students.”

Sellers was a graduate of Lansing’s Eastern High School and after receiving a degree in finance and accounting he began a career in banking, retiring from Comerica Bank where he served as vice president of commercial lending. Sellers felt strongly that education was the solution to many of the problems that society faced.

Although he did not attend LCC, according to Neal Gatton, Sellers’ partner of 51 years, he felt that because he made his money in Lansing, he wanted to leave it in Lansing.

You can leave a legacy of learning as well. The LCC Foundation has partnered with FreeWill to offer a free online service for all community members to create a legal will. In just 20 minutes, you can create or update your legally binding will. Visit the LCC Foundation and FreeWill's joint website to get started today.

If you would like to talk with someone at the Foundation about your planned gift, please call 517-483-1985 or email


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 14,500 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The Transfer Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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