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Herberger Family Legacy Continues

Monday, January 25, 2010

When Arizona residents Gary and Judd Herberger visit Minnesota, they always stop in to visit students and faculty at the Herberger College of Business. The college was named in 1999 in honor of their father, the late G.R. “Bob” Herberger, in tribute to his business and philanthropic ideals and with a promise to “inspire and prepare global business leaders who will improve society through their knowledge and leadership.” Thanks to the continuing generous support of the Herberger Family and others, the college is fulfilling that pledge by demonstrating best practices in business education, providing innovative and effective academic programs, and always putting students first.

Diana Lawson, dean of the G.R. Herberger College of Business, explained that the Herbergers’ long-term contributions for endowment and renovation of Centennial Hall have enabled the college to advance far beyond the status quo for a state institution and to develop top-quality programs of which the Herbergers can be proud. “We’re building programs to make our students much more well rounded,” explains Lawson. St. Cloud State University graduates have always been strong academically, she said. The support of the Herberger Family makes possible programs that help students develop “soft” skills such as effective personal interaction, creativity, public speaking, leadership and ethics—qualities that came naturally to Bob, who was a self-made businessman.

The Herbergers are known in Minnesota and Arizona as generous patrons of the arts and supporters of numerous educational and social service organizations, but they remain loyal to St. Cloud, where the family lived until 1949.

“Our parents were always generous in the communities in which they lived,” explained Gary, “we feel it’s important to give back, particularly to communities like St. Cloud, which have given so much to us.” As mother Kax Herberger once said, “We give because it’s the right thing to do.”

- Kara Rose

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