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Major Giving

UW Foundation directors of development work closely with individual donors and with the university to focus on the priorities of each, helping to guide the significant and thoughtful commitments that have a major impact on the future of Wyoming’s university.


Directors of Development Help Donors and UW Realize Their Vision

From connection to culmination, directors of development focus on ongoing communication and building relationships with donors who have the capacity and affinity to donate a major gift. A major gift is defined as a gift of over $25,000. These are often used to establish an endowment, which allows the students of yesterday to leave a legacy that impacts the students of tomorrow. Directors of development also know their assigned college or unit inside and out—its needs and future goals and its plans for research and expansion. In this way, they are perfectly suited to help donors achieve the impact they hope for with their generous gifts and to help UW have the resources it needs to achieve its long-term goals.


Kent Westedt

Alum Kent Westedt earned his UW degree in aeronautical engineering, and he was also a member of the Rodeo Team, competing in bronc riding, bareback riding, and steer wrestling alongside members of the 1961 National Champion Rodeo Team. He’s now retired, but his career was developing national defense systems with Boeing Aerospace and North American Aviation. He’s an active supporter of UW, serving on the College of Engineering and Applied Science National Advisory Board, and he and his wife Susan—a teacher who earned a degree in business education at UW—have given gifts in support of both a President’s Endowed Scholarship in mechanical engineering and to support Rodeo Team scholarships.


Bruce and Elizabeth White

Bruce and Beth White are stewards of the historic Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, first homesteaded in the 1880s. With their vison and care, the ranch has become a soughtafter authentic western destination offering a collection of luxury resorts ranked #1 in the USA by Travel+Leisure. The Whites’ generosity to UW supports the Bruce and Beth White Scholarship in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, which recruits and supports nonresident students in the new outdoor recreation and tourism program.


Patrick and Kathi Rile

An alum of the College of Business, Pat Rile is a successful investment manager and entrepreneur who serves on the UW Foundation Board. He is also a past chair. Kathi Rile is an alum of the College of Arts and Sciences. Theirs is the lead gift for the new College of Business leadership minor, which will help students from across the campus become leaders both in theory and in practice. They also established the Rile Chair of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, an endowed faculty position that supports program development, education, research, and service. This is complemented by an additional excellence fund they created to support entrepreneurship. The Riles’ wonderful generosity has also supported facilities, excellence funds, scholarships, athletics, and the colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Health Sciences.


Contact For More Information

John Stark

John Stark

Senior Vice President for Development
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
307-766-3930 | jdstark@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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