David Wishart ’07: Making a Difference Today—and Tomorrow
As a Syracuse University employee, David Wishart '07 is well aware that many students depend on the generosity of donors to fund their college education. And as a donor himself, Wishart has experienced firsthand the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping students achieve their goal of a Syracuse degree.
A graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, he gives to the school and to the Department of Athletics' track and field/cross country programs. "I give to SU because I believe in the mission of the University and feel a passion for the college and program I support," says Wishart, executive director of athletic development at Syracuse. "These two areas had enormous impact on me as an SU student, and continue to affect me after graduation. My best friends are my teammates from the cross country and track team-we still get together three or four times a year to reminisce and catch up with each other."
These deep connections to Syracuse have motivated Wishart to support the Whitman School and student athletes with a planned gift. "Syracuse University gave me the academic and life skills to go out into the ‘real' world and make an impact," he says. "It prepared me for the demands of day-to-day life, and taught me to think in creative ways. I'm grateful, and hope that my support of the University will result in others having the same opportunity to attend—and enjoy—Syracuse University."
Wishart encourages other young alumni to make Syracuse part of their charitable giving. "If not for the University's benefactors, we wouldn't have had the opportunity to attend and succeed at Syracuse University," he says. "As an alumnus, I feel it's my duty and privilege to continue that cycle of support for students today and in the future."
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