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Shock the World Campaign
In This Issue


For Shawn Penner, business building is a once-in-a-lifetime giving opportunity
Shawn Penner
Shawn Penner
Barton Alumnus
“I hope all Barton School alumni will consider giving a gift because an opportunity like this won’t come around for another 40 years.”

At just 48, with one child still at home and another in college, and with his own career in full swing, Shawn Penner is still at that stage in life where, as he puts it, “I’m a user of capital, not a giver of it.” That means he hasn’t reached the age where it’s most common to make substantial philanthropic gifts. Yet he and his wife, Lynette, have done just that, contributing generously to the campaign to build a new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

A Barton School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1992 and an MBA in ’93, Penner decided to give now because of the unique ability to support a project that occurs only once every 40 or 50 years – the construction of a new academic facility.

“This is my chance to participate in a building project for a school that’s been very important to me, a school for which I have a great affinity,” says Penner, currently chair of the WSU Alumni Association board. “Odds are I won’t be here in 50 years, so the time for me to step up is now. I wanted to make that happen.”

Penner, who works in bank investment and real estate development, says he hopes all Barton School alumni who believe their education is contributing to their success will consider supporting the new business school facility.

“You get out in the real world and you realize that those experiences in school really can be applied for productive purposes in your career and life. That’s worth supporting so that others have the opportunities you did.”