Dennis Keller and Andrew Alper talk about their GSB connections and why they are co-chairing the campaign.
Dennis Keller, ’68

Age: 58


Title: Co-chair, GSB Campaign


Day Job:
Chairman and CEO, DeVry Inc.

Career:
Entrepreneurial. After stints at Motorola’s Communications Group and Bell & Howell Communications Company, Keller
co-founded the for-profit Keller Graduate School of Management in 1973. In 1987, the school acquired the assets of DeVry Inc., the holding company for the DeVry Institutes of Technology. DeVry Inc. completed an initial public offering in 1991.

After Hours:
Lives in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook with wife Connie Keller. They have three grown sons; the eldest, Jeffrey, is a 1997 GSB alumnus.

GSB Connections:
Stronger than ever. An active volunteer, Keller has served as chair of the Council on the GSB since 1994 and has been on the university board of trustees since 1998. His $25 million gift to the GSB Campaign is the largest in the school’s history.

On Supporting the GSB Campaign:
“It makes me very, very happy to be contemplating the next five years and to be thinking about the commitment that I’ve made as co-chair. I know from past experience that I will benefit greatly. I’ll meet people I’ll really like, who I’ll come to enjoy and count as colleagues for the rest of my life. Campaigns do that. They bring people and places closer together. It pleases me very much to be associated with places that are the absolute best at what they do. The GSB is absolutely the best place for research and teaching about business at the graduate level. This campaign is what we need to do now to make sure that statement remains true well into the 21st century.”—C.N.
Campaign Co-chairs: Dennis Keller (left) and Andrew Alper
Andrew Alper, A.B. ’80, M.B.A. ’81

Age: 42

Title: Co-chair, GSB Campaign

Day Job:
Chief operating officer, investment banking division, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Career:
The fast track at Goldman Sachs. Alper joined the company in 1981, becoming vice president of the investment banking division in 1985 and managing director of the division in 1990. He has been chief operating officer since 1996.

Home Life:
Bustling. Lives in New York City with wife, Sharon Sadow Alper, A.B. ’80, J.D. ’84, and two young daughters.

GSB Ties:
Long and lasting. Met wife Sharon his first week on campus as an undergraduate. He was vice president of the University of Chicago Alumni Association board of governors from 1996 to 1998. He has been a member of the Council on the GSB since 1996 and a member of the university board of trustees since 1999. The Alpers helped launch the GSB Campaign with a $5 million gift last winter.

On Supporting the GSB Campaign: “Twenty-five years ago the University of Chicago made an investment in me. Three years later, the Graduate School of Business, with an even greater appetite for risk, decided to invest in me while I was a junior in college. The GSB’s willingness to take a risk on a really green kid with no work experience changed my life. I believe it’s up to me to return that investment. I know there are others with similar stories to share, and Sharon and I hope that our $5 million gift will inspire others, especially young alums, to stretch as they contemplate ways to give back.”—C.N.
A Steering committee of alumni has joined co-chairs Andrew M. Alper, A.B. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, and Dennis J. Keller, ’68, to lead the campaign effort. Lending their expertise are:

James M. Kilts, ’74
President and CEO, Nabisco Inc.

Jerry W. Levin, ’68
CEO, Sunbeam Corporation

James W. Lewis, ’70
Chairman, The Geometry Group Inc.

Howard Marks, ’69
Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management L.L.C.

Robert C. McCormack, ’68
Partner, Trident Capital L.P.
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