Curry $22 million|
One of top gifts ever to a U.S. education school
Meyers, a Boston businessman, has honored the memory of
a family friend, athlete and educator
$22 million gift to the Curry
School of Education. His gift, announced Sept.
believed to be the second largest ever made to an education school at an American
Meyers, 41, is co-founder, chief executive officer and
board chairman of First Marblehead Corp., which
provides marketing and related services to private
lenders of educational loans.
His gift is made in memory of Anthony D. “Wally” Bavaro, a Boston
native who played football for the San Francisco 49ers until a knee
injury led him to a 40-year career as a history teacher and coach in the
public schools of Malden and Chelsea, Mass.
gift strengthens Curry’s position as a national
model for educating future teachers and related professionals.
The Curry School is housed in Ruffner Hall and multiple other
facilities on and off Grounds — all of which are severely
constricted by space and technology limitations.
gift will be
applied to the cost of a new building, which will consolidate
programs, giving students and faculty the capacity to collaborate
and pioneer new tools for teaching and learning.
“Dan Meyers’ gift is a tremendous endorsement of the Curry School
and enhances its reputation as one of the top education schools in the country,” said U.Va. President John
T. Casteen III. “His generosity brings the school
significantly closer to its goal of building a new facility that better supports
its mission to prepare students to work in the nation’s educational
system, to provide professional development programs for
educators, and to conduct research and scholarship that addresses issues
of importance to
K-12 and higher education in the United States.”
Meyers, a Marblehead, Mass., native whose widowed mother
struggled to send him and his three siblings through
college, graduated from Brandeis University
built a successful career as a capital markets trader. He was introduced
to U.Va. in the 1990s through David W. Breneman, who
became dean of the Curry
1995, but who was, at the time of their meeting, a visiting professor at
Meyers had approached Breneman, an expert in the economics
of higher education, to seek his advice about the viability
of using the securities market to
fund student loans. Breneman was impressed with Meyers’ vision and helped him
get his business off the ground.
Meyers has been involved with the Curry School ever since.
He currently serves as vice-chair of the Curry School
of Education Foundation board
directors. Six years ago, he made his first gift to the school to endow
the Newton and Rita Meyers Professorship in the Economics of Higher Education,
“Higher education raises the common denominator for the
development of intellect, societal behavior and economic prosperity,” Meyers
said. “Its impact on my family has been extraordinary, and I believe that
regardless of the state of a nation, its prospects are determined by this one,
“As the school sets its course for the 21st century, we will rely upon
the guidance and service of our alumni and of friends like Dan Meyers,” Breneman
said. “Dan’s service to the Curry Foundation Board has further revealed
the depth of his commitment to helping this nation realize the Jeffersonian vision
of an educated populace.”