Marvin E. '85 and Caren Flewellen: Inspiring Students Today and Tomorrow

FlewellenWhen Marvin E. Flewellen ’85, CFA, was a student at DePauw, he had significant financial need, and the University provided critical support while he was earning his degree in computational mathematics, lettering in both baseball and football, and even playing basketball his freshman year. 

In addition to an all-around quality education, Marv believes that part of a liberal arts experience is learning to give back. This tradition is built on the foundation he received from his parents – his father was a pastor and missionary in the Church of God and his mother a special education teacher. They were missionaries in Bermuda during the 1960s. One of the key reasons I give back to DePauw is to support and encourage students at a key point in their lives. I want to do what I can to inspire and encourage current and future students,” Marv says.

He became a consistent donor soon after graduation, primarily supporting the Annual Fund, which is now The Fund for DePauw, and scholarships. Now, through The Campaign for DePauw, Marv and his wife, Caren, have increased their support by establishing the Marvin E. and Caren L. Flewellen Endowed Scholarship for DePauw students who have demonstrated financial need and intend to major in the STEM fields. Marv and Caren set a priority to support students with significant socioeconomic barriers to college entry and who are typically underrepresented in STEM majors.

Marv, a DePauw trustee since 2003 and former chair of the investments committee, is senior client portfolio manager-insurance/global strategies with the fixed-income group at Invesco, located in Atlanta. He earned his M.B.A. degree in finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1990 and is a CFA charterholder. Caren, a graduate of University of Illinois and Northwestern University, was a marketing specialist and served in several leadership roles in the school system, community and church, and served as the first female executive vice president of Simmons College in Louisville, Ky. for two years. They are the parents of four children and fully appreciate the rising cost of education.  The campaign provided a context and an opportunity for us to focus our support of education where it can make a true difference,” Marv says. “We wanted to build on our earlier gifts to the University, and the campaign was a great catalyst for us to do that.”

Marv illustrates his belief in the importance of making a difference through education by recounting a defining experience he had at DePauw – in an English class taught by Professor Robert P. Sedlack. "Professor Sedlack cared enough about my all-around education that he gave me a decent grade for the course, but not the coveted W requirement. He thought it was important for me to take another W course to enhance my writing skills. Even then, I knew he was right," Marv says. The lesson Marv learned was that “When someone cares about your education, it may not mean that they just give you something, rather that they require more from you.” Marv now views his writing skills as above average, and a book might be in his future. Education matters. 

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