Made as part of YSU's $100 million "We See Tomorrow" campaign, the gift will establish a new endowment for the college as well as two graduate fellowships — the Bruce R. Beeghly Graduate Fellowship in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the R. Thornton Beeghly Graduate Fellowship in Business Administration.
Bruce Beeghly, retired president of Girard-based Altronic Inc., is a former member and chair of the YSU board of trustees, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Liberty (OH) Board of Education. He is, in addition, a former trustee of the YSU Foundation, served as board president and campaign chair of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and served on the board of directors of the Youngstown Business Incubator.
Nancy Beeghly, a writer and community volunteer, previously taught English in the Boardman, Ohio, school district and was a columnist for The Vindicator in Youngstown. She is a former member of the Westminster College board of trustees and the advisory board for WYSU-FM 88.5, a former community vice president of the Junior League of Youngstown, a former president of the Alumni Council for Mount Union College, and a former board chair of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic. She currently serves as board chair of Buechner Hall, on the communications committee of Beatitude House, and on the boards of the YSU English Festival and the Juvenile Justice Center of Mahoning County.
"We are fortunate at YSU to have the continued support of the Beeghly family," said YSU president Jim Tressel. "Bruce's and Nancy's commitment of time and resources to YSU over so many years have provided tremendous opportunities for countless students. Our thanks to them for their generosity."