Deborah Mitchell-Nagpal '90 and Ajay Nagpal
Deborah Mitchell-Nagpal and her husband, Ajay, grew up and attended high school together in Los Altos, Calif. Although they attended different universities – Ajay attending Brown in Rhode Island – they both majored in economics and went on to graduate programs in public policy and administration. Debbie earned an M.P.A. degree from Columbia University, and Ajay an M.P.P. degree from Harvard University in 1992.
The couple married in 1995 and have four children. Olivia, 18 years old, is a first-year student at Duke University, while sons Mark, 16 years; Alec, 14; and Andy, 13, are still at home.
“We are hopeful one or all of the boys will end up at DePauw!” Debbie says. Her children could be third-generation DePauw graduates since her parents, Dr. Robert L. Mitchell ’60 and Lynda Leech Mitchell ’63, also attended.
Debbie worked at Goldman, Sachs for 10 years and was a vice president in the Municipal Finance Department, leaving the company to focus on parenting the couple’s four children after the birth of her youngest son. Ajay, with a 24-year career in finance, currently works for a hedge fund in New York City. They love traveling with their children and trying a variety of active adventures.
When she reminisces about her DePauw years, Debbie remembers the small classes that helped her forge strong connections with professors and other students. “Professors at DePauw are engaged and truly care about their students,” she says.
She says Winter Term also played a major role in her future success. “Winter Term was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to try various internships and gain valuable work skills. My internships were all secured through DePauw connections and helped me understand more about what career I wanted to choose after college. My junior year I spent studying in Washington, D.C., through DePauw’s exchange program with American University. This valuable opportunity planted the seed for my interest in studying public policy in graduate school,” Debbie says.
Debbie serves DePauw as a member of the Board of Visitors. Being involved in service with the University has given her a deeper understanding and appreciation for DePauw’s varied opportunities and challenges. She and Ajay have consistently provided unrestricted annual support for The Fund for DePauw, and recently they decided to establish an unrestricted endowment fund.
“We are excited to support the University’s Unrestricted Endowment Fund. We chose this gift because we are enthusiastic about the current direction of the University and its energetic leadership,” Debbie says. “We want to support DePauw in the tremendous role it has in preparing students for lives of meaning and purpose after graduation.”
“I am so thankful for the opportunities I had at DePauw and reflect on what an amazing four years I had at this University. We know that giving to DePauw will help current and future students achieve an incredible liberal arts education that will prepare them for whatever career they may pursue after graduation.”
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