R. David Hoover '67 and Suzanne Anderson Hoover '67

R. David and Suzanne Anderson Hoover epitomize the transformative power of DePauw on the lives of its graduates. Raised in small, Midwestern farming towns, they each passed over large state colleges in favor of the intimacy of DePauw. Dave, in fact, was able to attend only because the University provided him with a scholarship covering the difference between DePauw’s tuition and a state school.

With small classes and the close-knit support of their Lambda Chi Alpha and Delta Gamma families, Dave studied economics and Suzanne history. The work ethic, intellectual curiosity and leadership skills built during their DePauw experience prepared them to succeed. They attended Indiana University where Dave earned an MBA and Suzanne earned a master’s degree in education. Dave joined the Ball Corporation in 1970, rising through the ranks to become chairman, president and CEO. Suzanne taught high school and middle school.

Throughout the years, the Hoovers have honored their transformative DePauw experience with loyal support of The Fund for DePauw and, more recently, with $30 million in gifts and commitments to The Campaign for DePauw. The R. David and Suzanne A. Hoover Hall, for which the couple committed $21 million, was dedicated in October and recently opened to students, faculty and staff.

“It’s a place to gather,” Dave says. “It will become a crossroads, a center for connecting and communicating, fostering a notion of small-group dynamics.”

The dining hall, located between the Union Building and Burkhart Walk in the heart of the campus, replaced the recent Hub, a food-court-style dining hall originally intended to serve 350 students but which had been serving more than 1,000 daily.

Several years ago, the Hoovers established an endowed scholarship fund at DePauw. The DePauw Trust, The Campaign for DePauw’s endeavor to raise $100 million in new endowment for need-based scholarships, spoke to the Hoovers’ interest in making the University more accessible to qualified students regardless of their financial resources, and they pledged $9 million to augment the R. David and Suzanne A. Hoover Endowed Scholarship. In building the Hoover Endowed Scholarship Fund for need-based scholarships, they reinforce an institutional legacy of access, a tradition established in the University’s founding charter, which called for DePauw to benefit the youth of “every class of citizen.”

Together, the Hoovers have one common passion: education. “Our educations were very important and have made a difference in what we were able to do. We’d like to make that available for other people,” Suzanne says.

“DePauw has always been good at finding the right students and giving them an opportunity,” Dave explains. “They seize it, and they excel – not just in college, but throughout life, because they appreciate that chance.”

“Our time at DePauw prepared us in ways we never could have imagined when we first stepped on campus,” they both say. “We have gained so much from this place and from the people who have made it their home. This is our opportunity to further strengthen a college that has meant so much to us, and we hope it encourages others to step forward to support the extraordinary education provided on this campus.”

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