DePauw University President Mark McCoy says two initiatives on the Greencastle campus totaling $60 million will help bolster its global reputation. The $40 million Campus Energy Master Plan, which was recently featured in our INPower quarterly enewsletter, is expected to lead to $750,000 in annual savings. The $20 million Sanger Leadership Initiative will tie together a number of leadership-focused centers on campus to create what McCoy calls a "leadership umbrella" to guide the next generation of graduates into the world.
In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, McCoy said the master plan and initiative demonstrate DePauw’s commitment to students. On the Sanger Leadership Institute, which was named for former General Mills CEO Steve Sanger and wife Karen who are 1968 graduates of DePauw, McCoy said "people know that DePauw has a reputation for developing leaders and so this gives us the opportunity to bring that together, codify it in a much stronger way. And to show people this is very purposeful at DePauw. We intend for you to come here and to leave as leader in whatever walk of life you choose at DePauw."
The investment in a more sustainable campus, McCoy says will create a return on the investment quickly. "If we’re going to be the leaders the world needs, we have to lead in this area, too," he said. "So, it’s good for us to be green and for people to understand that about us." In addition to millions spent on infrastructure improvements, the university is looking to shrink its carbon footprint, while boosting energy efficiency and creating residential spaces that are more environmentally-friendly.