DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus and trustee Don Daseke and his wife, Barbara, in support of financial aid and other programs.
Part of the $300 million Campaign for DePauw, the gift will bolster the DePauw Trust, the university's endowment for need-based support, which now exceeds $70 million. Daseke made the gift in honor of DePauw's president Brian W. Casey, who is stepping down on July 1 and will be succeeded by Mark McCoy.
Don Daseke, a DePauw trustee since 1985, received a degree in economics from the university in 1961 and was a Rector Scholar, the university's most prestigious merit-based academic award. He went on to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago and also graduated from Harvard University's President Program in Leadership. Chairman, president, and CEO of Daseke Inc., one of the largest open deck/specialty trucking companies in North America, Daseke received the Old Gold Goblet, DePauw's highest alumni honor, in 2010 and the university's McDermond Medal for Business and Entrepreneurship in 2015.
"This is a remarkable and significant gift," said Casey. "As longtime and loyal supporters of the university, this contribution continues the impact Don and Barbara have had on DePauw. It has been an honor to work with and know them over the course of my time at DePauw, and I am eternally grateful for their support."