DePauw lands $20 million donation from longtime trustee

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DePauw University has received a $20 million gift from longtime trustee Don Daseke and his wife, Barbara, the school announced Thursday night.

The donation was given to the Campaign for DePauw, bringing the fundraising effort at the 2,200-student college in Greencastle within $14 million of its goal of $300 million.

Don Daseke graduated from DePauw in 1961 as a Rector Scholar with a degree in economics.  He went on to get his MBA from the University of Chicago.

He chairman, president and CEO of Daseke Inc., one of the largest specialty trucking companies in North America.  He has been a trustee at DePauw since 1985.

Barbara Daseke is the owner of an interior design firm. The Dasekes are longtime residents of Addison, Texas, and are involved in many other philanthropic endeavors focused on the arts and education.

“This is a remarkable and significant gift,” said outgoing DePauw President Brian Casey. “As longtime and loyal supporters of the University, this contribution continues the impact Don and Barbara have had on DePauw.  It has been an honor to work with and know them over the course of my time at DePauw and I am eternally grateful for their support.”


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