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MSU donor receives National Philanthropy Honor

Alumnus Gary L. Seevers is a longtime donor and adviser to Michigan State

Photo of Eiko and Gary Seevers holding the 2016 Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association

MSU donor receives National Philanthropy Honor

Alumnus, donor and adviser, Gary L. Seevers recently received the 2016 Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association after being nominated by the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

An accomplished economist and financial market specialist, Gary’s career spanned from Extension to the White House to Wall Street. He was a charter member of the Honors College, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from MSU, and has served as an invaluable university advisor, including as a member of the MSU Foundation board.

His passion for conservation led to a friendship with the late Gordon Guyer, MSU’s 18th president, and the establishment of the Gordon and Norma Guyer and Gary L. Seevers Chair in Natural Resources Conservation. He also funded the Dr. Gary L. Seevers Scholarship and travels back to campus each year to meet with the recipients. Additionally he created endowments for the East Coast Seevers Scholarship for MSU freshmen and the Seevers Graduate Scholars Program. Together with his wife Eiko, he created the Eiko I. Seevers Charitable Remainder Unitrust. 

Author: Lois Furry

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