Wayne’s reconnection to the University happened years after graduation when he began attending alumni events and became involved as a volunteer for the Fund for FDU. “Volunteering for the University has given me some of my most cherished memories of FDU,” he says. He recently completed serving a two-year term as president of the FDU Alumni Association Board of Governors and member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
In addition to volunteering for FDU, Wayne has served his community in a number of capacities: He has umpired for the Scotch-Plains Fanwood Youth Baseball Association for 24 years and served as president of the Newark, N.J., Jaycees, treasurer of the Volunteer Center of Greater Essex County and as a board member for the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne recently decided to make a bequest to the University. Citing some the many benefits associated with making a planned gift, he says, “While I would love to be in a position to make a significant cash gift to the University right now, we just don’t have the means to do that. A bequest, along with our continued Millennium Council leadership gifts to the Annual Fund, made the most sense for us.”
“As an economist I was aware of the tax benefits associated with my gift, so last year when Deborah and I met with our estate attorney we decided to continue our giving beyond our lifetimes. Having come in contact with so many wonderful students during my tenure as president of the Board of Governors, I knew helping them was what I wanted to do.” Wayne’s gift will provide a scholarship designated for the Silberman College of Business.
Asked about his reasons for making a planned gift to the University, Wayne simply states, “FDU gave us so much, and we wanted to give something back.”