James G. Stewart Plaza: Creating New Campus Connections

James “Jim” G. Stewart ’64, former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cigna, has made a $5 million commitment to The Campaign for DePauw. In recognition of his extraordinary generosity to DePauw, the plaza to be constructed between Hoover Hall and the Memorial Student Union Building will be named in his honor. 

James G. Stewart Plaza will create a central University gathering space in which students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to participate in programmed events and engage in social activities. This plaza will highlight a space featuring both hard and soft landscaping to create an aesthetic connection to Bowman Park. New amenities – such as lighting, outdoor seating and a water feature – will complement the Georgian architecture of Hoover Hall and the Union Building. The current Hub’s kitchen and servery will be demolished in order to provide a visual and physical connection between East College and the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, forming a centralized walkway to the historic core of the campus. Construction of the plaza will begin during summer 2016 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

“This campaign is essential to the future of DePauw, and we consider it a privilege to have an opportunity to offer our support,” Stewart said. “The nation’s strongest colleges and universities have the resources to invest in the student experience, provide transformational opportunities and ensure that students continue to have access to this incredible form of education. I am forever indebted to DePauw for the experiences I had during my time as a student, and this campaign is about ensuring that those transformational experiences live on in perpetuity.” 

Stewart graduated Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw and received a master’s degree from University of Michigan. As Cigna’s CFO, Stewart was responsible for the corporation’s accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, operational planning, and the mergers and acquisitions, corporate actuarial and audit functions. In addition to serving on DePauw’s Board of Trustees, he is on the board of the Franklin Institute, a science museum. He lives in Bryn Mawr, Pa., with his wife, Andrea.

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