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Friend of Boise State Supports Multiple Programs to Bolster Education

Gary Dunn believes that lifetime learning is critical to the on-going development of the Treasure Valley as a destination location for retirees from across the United States.

“Legacy is important to me,” he said. “That’s why I’ve made provisions for multiple Boise State programs, on both an annual basis, and in my deferred gifting plan.”

In addition to establishing the Ernst & Young Scholarship in Accountancy, Gary supports the College of Business and Economics (COBE) Global Scholar’s Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Intensive English Program (IEP).

Gary is a retired Ernst & Young partner who relocated to the Treasure Valley, in the summer of 2014. He holds degrees from Purdue and Columbia Universities and completed post-graduate work at Duke University. Also, he is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary, and the AICPA.

Gary’s engagement with the university goes beyond his generous philanthropy. He has also been active behind the scenes and in the classroom at Boise State. During the past three years, Gary has been an IEP volunteer, an Osher student and board member, assisted with the local VITA tax preparation program, and served as an advisor to the COBE Global Scholar’s efforts in Puerto Rico. In addition, he participated in Building Boise, an art history workshop.

“Education doesn’t stop when you retire or graduate,” he said. “It’s important to stay active, intellectually and physically.”

Gary describes the Boise State approach to giving as practical, pragmatic, and effective.

“There’s not a lot of cushion between what you give and where it goes,” he says. “Faculty and students are welcoming, and the emphasis is on doing.”

The Ernst & Young Scholarship in Accountancy has proven to be a strategic success for his firm as well, he said. Gary was involved with the hiring process of two Boise State graduates in a region dominated by competition for graduates.

“The return on investment for employers hiring Boise State graduates is high,” he added.