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Alumni Spotlight: Carol and Maynard Redeker

Contributed by Dr. Dena Jackson, Director of Foundation Relations

Back row: Barbara Seale, Dr. Dena Jackson, Dr. Kristin Ludwig,

Dr. Marion Underwood, Laura Beall. Front row: Carol and Maynard Redeker

When Carol Redeker graduated from UT Dallas with a bachelor of arts in general studies in 1987, she never thought she would return 20 years later as a donor. Today, Carol and her husband Maynard are enjoying early retirement and have made philanthropy an important part of their life. Their first step was establishing a donor advised fund.

The Redekers soon recognized that being involved in philanthropy has been more difficult than they initially anticipated. The learning process involved the use of nonprofit information sites such as Charity Navigator and Guidestar to research missions, results and expenses of institutions that fit their criteria. Making an informed and intelligent use of these resources has been both challenging and rewarding.

Carol contacted the UT Dallas Department of Development in the summer of 2007. The Redekers were interviewing several organizations to see what needs existed and how a potential philanthropic investment would be used. They knew they were interested in early childhood development and human behavior and UT Dallas made the short list. Meetings with UT Dallas faculty, including Dr. Bert Moore, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Dr. Marion Underwood; and Dr. Margaret Owen provided the Redekers with information on research in human development and the important role graduate research fellows play in advancing the science. The result is an endowed graduate fellowship in Behavioral and Brain Science.

We are happy to welcome Carol and Maynard Redeker as new donors at UT Dallas. Their endowment will serve doctoral students for many years to come. We appreciate their decision to support UT Dallas through an endowment that will help the university create an ever brighter future.
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