Non-alumnus makes one of
top gifts ever to a U.S. education school
Bostonian Dan Meyers Honors Memory Of Massachusetts Public School
Teacher With $22 Million Gift To U.Va.'S Curry School Of Education
September 24, 2004 --
Daniel Meyers, a Boston businessman, has honored
the memory of a family friend, athlete and educator with a $22
million gift to the University of Virginia's
Curry School of Education. His gift, announced at a private event the evening
of Sept. 23, is believed to be the second largest ever made to an education school
at an American university.
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.
gift is made in memory of Anthony D. "Wally" Bavaro,
a Boston native who played football for the San Francisco 49ers until a knee
led him to
a 40-year career as a history teacher and coach in the public schools of Malden
and Chelsea, Mass.
$22 million gift strengthens Curry's position as a national
model for educating future teachers and related professionals. The Curry
School is currently housed
in U.Va.'s Ruffner Hall and multiple other facilities on and off the University's
Grounds - all of them severely constricted by space and technology limitations.
Meyers' leadership 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.
Meyers' gift is a tremendous endorsement of the Curry School
and enhances its reputation as one of the top education schools
in the country," U.Va.
President John T. Casteen III said. "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
education in the United States."
a Marblehead, Mass., native whose widowed mother struggled
to send him and three siblings through college,
graduated from Brandeis University
a successful career as a capital markets trader. He was introduced to
U.Va. in the early 1990s through David W. Breneman, who became
dean of the Curry
in 1995, but who was, at the time of their meeting, a visiting professor
at Harvard University.
had approached Breneman, who is an expert in the economics
of higher education, to seek his advice
about the viability of using the
market to fund
student loans. Breneman was impressed with Meyers's vision and helped
him get his business off the ground.
has been involved with the Curry School ever since. He currently
serves as vice-chair
of the Curry School of Education Foundation board
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 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, critical ingredient."
"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."
Kathleen Valenzi, (434) 924-6857, or Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189