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Otterbein Receives First-Ever Gift Endowment for Graduate Program and MBA

Otterbein Receives First-Ever Gift Endowment for Graduate Program and MBA


Otterbein University recently became the recipient of a first-ever charitable gift endowment dedicated solely to assist in the cost of running a graduate program. The Sean T. and Kellyn E. Donnelly MBA Program Endowment was established in the amount of $25,000 through the generosity and commitment of the Donnellys to help with costs of running the MBA program and attracting future students. Sean’s employer, ArchRe, is providing additional funding through its matching program. 

Eric Lloyd, director of the MBA program, said, “Sean is a true friend and advocate of the program, and a wonderful testament to the outcome potential of obtaining an Otterbein MBA. Sean and Kellyn’s generous gift will allow us to continue building upon the excellence of the program. This is just the start of the significant impact our MBA alumni can, and will, make through continued contributions. I am humbled by the generosity of these two wonderful individuals.”

Sean and Kellyn moved to Westerville in 1999 and quickly recognized that Otterbein University played an integral role in the Westerville community. Sean enrolled in the MBA program, graduating in 2007. He found that with the part-time flexibility and closeness to home, he could stay involved in his family life and still accomplish his goal. He thought that his experience was exceptional, so he and Kellyn chose to give back to Otterbein.

“Otterbein provided a very unique learning experience during a hectic time in our lives. The family atmosphere and flexibility of the MBA program delivered the necessary work/life balance so many graduate students seek. Through this endowment, we hope the program can continue to find and retain other students who recognize the tremendous opportunities afforded by an Otterbein University education,” Sean said. 

The fund may be used in the following ways, but is not limited to: guest lecture programming and promotion; mentor networking programming; company-based programming, such as luncheons to reach MBA alumni and prospective students; international business seminar (travel course) sponsorship; MBA scholarship support; MBA promotional materials; and MBA marketing outreach (print materials, social media, website, etc.).

The Donnellys’ commitment to Otterbein is demonstrated in other ways, too. Sean is a past member of the Alumni Council, a current member of the MBA Mentor Program, and a regular contributor to MBA alumni and networking events. He and Kellyn are committed donors to the Otterbein Fund.

Otterbein’s MBA program is an immersive experience, with talented and engaged faculty who invest in students through personal attention and quality instruction. The ultimate goal is equipping students to accomplish what they seek to do most — make a significant impact.

Some of the benefits of the Otterbein MBA include international travel opportunities; merit-based scholarships; professional mentor program; internship opportunities; student-led MBA Association; capstone experience in partnership with local business/nonprofit organizations; interaction with businesses and corporate leaders; entrepreneurial pitch events; and an Executive Guest Lecture Series.

Besides business, Otterbein offers graduate programs in nursing, education, allied health and educational mathematics.

For more information about charitable giving to Otterbein, or to contribute to this endowment or the MBA program, contact Kathleen Bonte, Executive Director of Development for Organizational & Special Giving, (614) 823-2707, kbonte@otterbein.edu.