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A Commitment to Education


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The late C.D. (“Dick”) Spangler Jr. (MBA 1956, LLD 2013) combined the business acumen he developed as president of the C. D. Spangler Construction Company and Golden Eagle Industries, and as chairman of the Bank of North Carolina, with a commitment to education spanning more than four decades. Spangler, former president of the University of North Carolina (UNC), is the namesake of HBS’s Spangler Center, the social hub of the School’s campus. It is a tangible reminder of his support of education, which ranges from HBS and Harvard University, to UNC and Teach for America.

Spangler became involved in education in the 1970s when his two daughters were enrolled in the Charlotte, North Carolina, public schools. As president of UNC, he increased enrollment and the university’s operating budget, enhanced access to UNC’s educational programs, and preserved their affordability.

Spangler chaired HBS’s capital campaign from 2002 to 2005, raising nearly $600 million; established a professorship at HBS; and, with his family, provided the funds that created the Spangler Center. “This place means something to us. It was significant in my dad’s life, my life, and my daughter and son-in-law’s lives,” he said. “But more than that, [the Spangler Center] was an opportunity to do something you hope will benefit people long into the future.”

(Published April 2014, updated July 2018)

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