R. David Hoover ’67 & Suzanne Anderson Hoover ’67
Dave and Suzanne Hoover evince the honesty and plainspokenness that Americans associate with the Midwest. Both hail from small farming communities: Suzanne from Fairbury, Ill., population 2,500; Dave from the even tinier Straughn, Ind., with only 400 residents. Given their backgrounds, both 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 an $800 grant, the difference between DePauw and a state school. Once on campus, he joined a fraternity, she a sorority; he majored in economics, she in history. Both graduated in 1967.
Dave earned an MBA at Indiana University, and in 1970 joined the Ball Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to become president and CEO. He now serves as its board chairman. Suzanne earned her master’s degree in secondary education at Indiana University and taught high school and middle school. “DePauw has always been good at finding the right students and giving them an opportunity,” explains Dave. “They seize it and they excel—not just in college, but throughout life, because they appreciate that chance.”
That realization accounts for why, in 2012, the Hoovers earmarked $9 million—out of a total $25 million commitment—for need-based student aid with the R. David and Suzanne A. Hoover Endowed Scholarship Fund. “The positive experience you can have by attending a school like DePauw should be available to really well-qualified students,” says Suzanne. “This gives them a choice: They can have DePauw as a real option.” The remaining $16 million of their donation will function as principal funding for a new dining hall, located between the Union Building and Burkhart Walk at the heart of the campus. But they envision it as much more than a place to eat. “It’s a place to gather,” notes Dave. “It will become a crossroads, a center for connecting and communicating, fostering a notion of small-group dynamics.”
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