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Ohio Wesleyan Receives $500,000 Gift from 1978 Graduate
Contribution supports faculty, LGBTIQ Resource Center, campus operations

February 16, 2011

Frank F. Quinn ’78.
Photo courtesy of Frank F. Quinn ’78
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University has received a five-year, $500,000 gift from Frank F. Quinn, a 1978 OWU graduate from Kenilworth, Ill. The gift will be used to create the Jon E. Sanger Endowment for Faculty Support and to support the university’s Ohio Wesleyan Fund, LGBTIQ Resource Center, and President’s Circle.

The new Sanger Endowment for Faculty Support honors OWU professor Jon E. Sanger, Ph.D., who taught botany-microbiology for 27 years before his retirement in 1996. The $375,000 endowment will provide support for faculty work related to the OWU Connection, a curricular initiative to enhance opportunities for students to link classroom theory with real-world practice and to broaden their global experiences.

Quinn’s gift also will benefit both the Ohio Wesleyan Fund, an unrestricted fund that supports campus operations including scholarships and facility enhancements, and the university’s LGBTIQ Resource Center. Each entity will receive a five-year contribution of $37,500. The student-run LGBTIQ Resource Center supports Ohio Wesleyan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning community and provides related resources for the full campus.

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Quinn majored in botany-bacteriology and economics, and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He has remained active with his alma mater since graduation, having served at various times as an alumni admission representative, a volunteer career assistant, and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. Quinn is a current member of the President’s Circle, and $50,000 of his gift will be made available to that group for the president’s discretionary use.

After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Quinn went on to earn a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University in Illinois. Currently, he is senior vice president of UBS Financial Services, Inc., an international wealth management, investment banking, and asset management company headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland. He also serves on the board of directors of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a Chicago-based global nonprofit human rights organization dedicated to helping people “living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights.”

Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said gifts from alumni like Quinn are vital to the continuing progress of the university.

“Frank Quinn found his passion here at Ohio Wesleyan and never forgot the impact the university made on his life,” Jones said. “We are honored that he has remained so involved with our admission and alumni programs, and now is providing this substantial gift to support several OWU programs and initiatives. As we continue to enhance our facilities and expand our curriculum to include additional global-learning opportunities, we will rely more and more on our alumni and friends to help us fulfill our educational mission. He has set a wonderful example for everyone to follow.”

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Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.