Gov. Reynolds, Buena Vista University announce $2.9 million gift to develop entrepreneurship program 09-Sep-2019
Casey’s General Stores founder and longtime Chairman/CEO Don Lamberti is donating $2.9 million to establish the Donald F. and Charlene K. Lamberti Center
for Rural Entrepreneurship at Buena Vista University, Gov. Kim Reynolds and BVU President Joshua Merchant announced at Gravitate Coworking on Wednesday
The Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will host programming to provide students and professionals opportunities to sharpen skills while aiding
each other with a shared goal of moving rural America forward, BVU said in a news release. Don Lamberti is a longtime member of the BVU board of trustees
who developed his first convenience store into a publicly traded enterprise. Casey’s now employs nearly 15,000 in more than 2,000 stores.
The Lamberti gift and a separate, anonymous $500,000 donation, will allow BVU to develop a minor in rural entrepreneurship available to all students.
“Don and Charlene Lamberti are two Iowans who have made their mark on our state and its communities,” Reynolds said. “Putting a visionary entrepreneur
like Don Lamberti together with an academic leader like Buena Vista University, both champions of rural Iowa, can’t help but create a world of new
opportunities for people of all ages across Iowa.”