Marshall W. Reavis IV ’84

“When you talk to alumni who have done well after college, very often you find they've played a sport at DePauw. There is something about competition that carries through.”

A native of Indiana, Marshall Reavis grew up in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. He majored in economics at DePauw and was a member of the school’s first cohort of Management Fellows. President of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, Marshall also played four years for DePauw’s varsity football team and spent a semester-long internship with Western Petroleum.

In 2012, Marshall and his wife, Amy, donated $5 million to DePauw for a new sports stadium to host the school’s men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, plus its field hockey program. The new athletics campus, Marshall believes, will tie together the campus’ existing elements, giving it a more “cohesive” feel. Looking 10 years into the future, Marshall envisions a “pristine” DePauw physical plant, including a refurbished library. Meanwhile, he sees the University maintaining its current “high standard of teaching and student engagement.”

Marshall and Amy stipulated that any unused portion of their $5 million gift be put toward endowing need-based aid. His education at DePauw was made possible by a federal loan, and he wants to ensure that “kids today who fit the DePauw profile and are picking between DePauw and a less expensive option can come here.”

Marshall parlayed his petroleum company internship into a successful decade-plus career with Mobil Oil, where he helped create that industry’s first prepaid gas card. In 1997, he founded SVM LP, offering prepaid retail gift cards for gas, restaurants and other applications. A DePauw trustee since 2005, he ascended to board chair in May 2014.


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