DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Launching John L. Keeley Jr. Center
By Driehaus College of Business /
September 6, 2018 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
The new center will support academies with cutting-edge curricula in several finance specialties, including a Wealth Management Academy that will provide students with expertise in private portfolio management and financial planning. The center also will select students from the academies to become Keeley Scholars, giving them access to professional development workshops, mentorships, internships and career networking opportunities with the center’s industry partners.
Longtime donors to DePaul, the Keeley family and their foundation previously committed $2 million to fund an endowed academic chair in investment management and $1 million to develop a virtual trading room for students at the business college.
“The Keeleys have been DePaul supporters for more than a decade, ensuring that we provide our students with an education that bridges theory and practice,” says A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., DePaul’s president. “We are grateful for their generosity and thank them for providing endowments that will prepare another generation with these skills.”
Misty Johanson, dean of the Driehaus College of Business, says the center supports the college’s goal to “produce well-rounded, career-ready graduates who possess not only the analytical and technical skills required to succeed, but also the leadership, communication and teamwork abilities necessary to thrive in the workplace.”
John L. Keeley Jr., who died in 2015, was the founder and chief investment officer of Keeley Asset Management Corp. (now known as Keeley Teton Advisors) and the Keeley Family Foundation. Keeley and his wife, Barbara, endowed the Christopher L. Keeley Chair in Investment Management at DePaul in 2006. The chair honors their youngest son, Christopher, a 1997 DePaul business college alumnus and KAMCO officer who died suddenly at age 29 from a pulmonary embolism in 2002.
John L. Keeley III, John’s oldest son and an adjunct professor of economics at DePaul, says “the new center embodies our father’s belief that students learn best and ultimately succeed by doing. It will provide opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world of finance.”
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