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Fall 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 4

Couple endows professorship

Carolyn and Bob Turner ’77 MBA ’78 understand the value of investing in education. In 2000, the Turners established a $1.5 million endowment to create the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship. In July the couple gave a $3 million gift to establish an endowed professorship for the Foster College of Business Administration’s entrepreneurship major. Turner acknowledges he is in a somewhat unique position to actually see how his gifts have enhanced the University.

Carolyn and Bob Turner '77 MBA '78

Carolyn and Bob Turner '77 MBA '78

“Obviously, I feel very favorable about how so much progress has occurred in such a short period of time,” said Turner, the chairman and chief investment officer of Turner Investment Partners Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. “It’s visible in two ways. First, the collaboration between the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship with Peoria NEXT has allowed Bradley to make significant contributions to the community. Second, the Center has been central to the advancement of the entire entrepreneurship program at Bradley and the national recognition Bradley’s entrepreneurship major continues to receive. Certainly, the endowed professorship will take the program to the next level, enhancing the reputation of the entrepreneurship major.”

Turner, who serves on the Bradley University Board of Trustees, recalls his Bradley experience as life changing, a transition from youth to adulthood that sent him forth for the rest of his life. “Many graduates who feel the same way after being out of college for 10, 20, or 30 years may wonder if Bradley really needs their gift. Every gift is critical to Bradley’s success for decades to come. Bradley is intent upon expanding its footprint to increase its image as a comprehensive university even more national in scope. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I was given, and I’m pleased to be a part of the progress.” The couple’s youngest son, Andrew Turner ’10, is now at Bradley.

“Bob and Carolyn Turner truly epitomize the spirit of Bradley,” said Bill Engelbrecht, vice president for advancement. “Beginning with Lydia Moss Bradley, generations of students have benefited from those who have come before them. Now, the Turners are ensuring the future for students who are yet to come.”

“Endowed professorships allow Bradley a greater opportunity to attract top-notch faculty,” added Engelbrecht. “We currently have seven endowed professorships, and we would like to increase that number to 10 within the next few years. Bob and Carolyn’s generous gift gives us one more opportunity to reach our goal.”