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July 1, 2013

A couple of givers: The Sanders have contributed more than $3 million to IU Southeast


“He exceeds anything we’d ever hoped for,” Carlton Sanders said. 

Dufrene was recently promoted to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at IU Southeast, and the search is on to find his replacement for the Sanders Chair position. 

The donations to IU Southeast by the Sanders didn’t stop with the endowment for a business chair. 

A $300,000 gift from the couple allowed the Sanders Speakers Series  to launch in 2008. Several nationally-recognized people have spoken on campus during the series, which has helped to bring recognition to IU Southeast. 

Recently Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane spoke on campus, and other guests of the speaker series have included Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield and national economist Arthur B. Laffer.

Sue Sanders said the giving goal has been to have a mass effect on IU Southeast. 

“We’ve always taken the stance that we’d like to help multiple people,” she said. “Scholarships are nice, but they don’t help as many people.” 

But wait, there’s more. 

In 2010, the Sanders Financial Markets Lab opened following another donation from the couple. Jay White, dean of the IU Southeast School of Business, said the lab has provided students with enhanced options for learning on a variety of platforms. 

The lab offers hands-on experience for business students along with real time financial analysis and statistics. 

“If you look at the gift that created this lab and the speaker series, both really are community assets,” White said. 

“It’s helped raise the profile of the campus to be quite honest with you.” 

But we’re still not done tallying the donations. 

The Sanders recently contributed $500,000 that will be earmarked for an expansion of the IU Southeast nursing lab so that more students can be accepted into the program. 

“Right now they’re having to turn down so many applications because they don’t have the room” Sue Sanders said. 

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