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Macon businessman donates $1 million to Mercer University.

 A Macon businessman educated at Mercer University has given the school $1 million to boost its five-year-old Conference on Great Books and Ideas.

With the endowment, the conference will be named after A.V. Elliott, a 1956 graduate who founded Elliott Machine Shop, which now has 100 employees. Elliott said in a statement that Mercer gave him important critical thinking skills.

“You can learn the hard sciences anywhere, but the interactions I had in my humanities courses with Mercer professors made a tremendous difference in my life,” Elliott said. “I learned to think for myself, and I have been able to use those skills to become successful in my life. I wanted to share that success by helping Mercer to continue its great tradition in the humanities.”

The conference, run through the Center for the Teaching of America’s Western Foundations, has become one of the best such gatherings in the Southeast, and the funding will help it become one of the best in the nation, said Will Jordan, co-director of the center, in the statement.

Mercer President William D. Underwood said Elliott’s gift “will enrich the lives of future generations of Mercer students, who will learn to think critically while being exposed to the ideas and ideals that have shaped our civilization, much as A.V.’s life has been enriched by his exposure to the humanities while at Mercer decades ago.”

The next conference, in April, will focus on the moral and political philosophy of Adam Smith.

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