Nominations accepted for Donovan Reichenberger endowed fundraising award

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Nominations accepted for Donovan Reichenberger endowed fundraising award

June 2, 2010

 Donovan Reichenberger
Donovan Reichenberger

Northwestern Foundation Release

Nominations for the Donovan Reichenberger Endowed Fundraising Award are now being accepted through June 30.

Established in 2010 by the Northwestern Foundation, the Donovan Reichenberger Endowed Fundraising Award recognizes the private fundraising efforts of Northwestern Oklahoma State University faculty and staff. Named for Reichenberger and his example of generosity and fundraising service, the award honors an individual who seeks to further the mission and vision of the university, allowing continued prosperity during a critical time of diminishing state support.

To be considered for the award, nominees must be full-time Northwestern employees, demonstrate excellent personal qualities and exemplify Northwestern values. Selection by the Northwestern Foundation Executive Committee will be based on the total funds raised by the nominee, both pledged and realized; the average age and income of the alumni base from which the nominee raised the funds; the nominee’s university position and level of responsibility; and the sources of private gifts secured for Northwestern.

The prestigious award’s selection criteria reflect Reichenberger’s dedication to the university.

Born in Mt. Hope, Kan., and a graduate of Sharon, Kan., High School, he married Dorothy (Teutschmann) in 1958. Following 18 years of naval service, he graduated from Northwestern State College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Art degree in social science

Reichenberger earned his master’s degree at Wichita State University before joining the Northwestern history faculty in 1967. In December 1992, he retired from Northwestern after 25 years of service.

Following his wife’s death in 2005 after 47 ½ years of marriage, Reichenberger endowed the Dorothy Reichenberger Memorial Scholarship in Music and the Dorothy J. Reichenberger Chair in Music. One of the most generous benefactors of the university, he continues to give to a number of other Northwestern scholarships and programs.

Reichenberger has also worked to ensure the funds invested by the Northwestern Foundation earn their greatest potential, while minimizing the risk to those funds, in his role with the Northwestern Foundation Investment Committee. He has served as chair of the Investment Committee since 1994 and as a trustee since 1993.

The public may submit nominations of Northwestern faculty or staff for the Donovan Reichenberger Endowed Fundraising Award to Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, on or before June 30. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Bird at 580-327-8599, or by mail at Northwestern Foundation Inc., 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.