Keydet Club Presents Spirit of VMI Award to Ford-Bouis

Lois Ford-Bouis received the Spirit of VMI Award, the Keydet Club’s highest honor, during halftime of the VMI versus Western Carolina football game Nov. 2, 2019.

During the Western Carolina football game Nov. 2, the Keydet Club was pleased to recognize one of VMI’s most generous and engaged members with its highest honor, as Ms. Lois Fors-Bouis was presented with the Keydet Club’s Spirit of VMI Award.

Ford-Bouis has been consistent and visible in her support for VMI’s cadet-athletes and coaches for nearly 15 years as a member of the Keydet Club, where she served two terms on the board of governors.

Ford-Bouis is a generous leadership member of the Keydet Club as an annual scholarship donor. In 2004, she was instrumental in establishing the 1964 Basketball Team Scholarship, a scholarship that honors the Southern Conference Championship team. This scholarship is also a tribute to her late brother, Bobby Watson ’64, co-captain of that team which went to the NCAA Tournament. Watson was the head basketball coach of the University of Evansville Purple Aces when the team was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1977. Ford-Bouis continues to cherish the memory of her brother through her support to VMI.

Her love for cadet-athletes does not stop with her financial support. Lois has opened up her home and her heart to countless cadets since moving to Lexington in 2005. She currently serves as an academic advisor for the athletic development office.

Through her love and generosity, Ford-Bouis has and continues to leave an everlasting impact on the spirit of VMI.

  • Andrew Deal

    Andrew Deal '12 Senior Vice President

    The senior vice president of the Keydet Club is a productive, pace-setting major gifts fundraiser chiefly responsible for generating charitable support of athletic scholarships and other Institute priorities. The senior vice president inspires Keydet Club visibility at events as a funding priority, and with collaborative focus on the management of leadership-level donors. The senior vice president is keenly involved with Keydet Club finances as related to funding VMI's NCAA program, as well as a positive advocate for VMI, its athletic program and cadet-athletes, the Alumni Agencies, and the Keydet Club.