Lance A. Swank '83 and Brenda J. Swank: Commitment to the Mind and the Body

SwankThere is no lack of community at DePauw. With 23 sports and more than 100 active organizations, students are provided with ample ways to become involved from the moment they step on campus. And these affiliations run deep, even as alumni. Though he graduated more than 30 years ago, Lance A. Swank ’83 still feels these strong ties to the University. 

“I was taught how to learn at DePauw,” he explains. “That’s the greatest gift I was given. The second is relationships. Through the experiences I had and the Greek system, I’ve developed many lifelong friends, and those ties have served me well.” 

Lance was a letterman athlete in football at DePauw and joined Sigma Nu fraternity while on campus. So when his pledge father, M. Scott Welch ’82 and wife, Kim, made a gift to support renovations of the Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center, he and his wife, Brenda, who graduated from Indiana University School of Business, knew athletics was the ideal opportunity to continue their philanthropic spirit and give a nod to Lance’s college experience. Their gift onamed the Swank Athletics Suite and assisted with renovation of the Lilly Center. 

Lance believes a gift to support physical education and recreation is a fitting way to support the entire DePauw experience. “It goes to the heart of the commitment of the University to focus not only on the mind, but also on the body. Because we are creating well-rounded leaders, athletics and physical fitness play a role in that,” he says.

As president and co-owner of The Sterling Group, a privately held firm that develops and manages properties, Lance is a testament to the comprehensive DePauw experience as preparation for life beyond college. “The liberal arts experience has served me well in the business community. It has allowed me to be prepared for business without having a specialty. I went into the working world and was able to be successful,” he says.

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