Don ('61) and Barbara Daseke Give $20 Million for the DePauw Trust and More

Don '61 and Barbara Daseke and Dr. And Lisa McCoyAt a dinner on campus in May honoring outgoing President Brian W. Casey, Don ’61 and Barbara Daseke made a surprise $20 million commitment for The DePauw Trust and other vital initiatives. Gifts and commitments to The DePauw Trust, the University’s endowment for need-based support and one of The Campaign for DePauw’s top priorities, have now surpassed $70 million. 

“DePauw professors are committed to teaching and being mentors to our students,” Don Daseke said. “I stayed in contact with professors here long after I left DePauw. DePauw believed in me and invested in me by giving me the Rector Scholarship, and we are thrilled that our gift will support The DePauw Trust for future scholarships and other strategic initiatives.” A DePauw trustee since 1985, Don earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw. He is chairman, president and CEO of Daseke Inc., one of the largest open deck/specialty trucking companies in North America. Don received the Old Gold Goblet, DePauw’s highest alumni honor, in 2010 and the McDermond Medal for Business and Entrepreneurship in 2015. Barbara Daseke is owner of a successful interior design firm and has adopted DePauw as one of her primary philanthropic passions, too.

“The Dasekes’ dedication to our students will have perpetual influence we can scarcely imagine,” President Mark McCoy said. “It is incredibly humbling – and exciting – to work with alumni and friends who shape the future in such profound ways.”


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