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The Harald Bredesen Endowed Chair of Leadership Formation and Renewal

Your Opportunity to Invest

To fully support the Harald Bredesen Endowed Chair of Leadership Formation and Renewal, an annual operating budget (July 1 to June 30 fiscal) of $250,000 has been established. This budget provides for the salary and fringe benefit support of Dr. David Gyertson as well as the office, technology, research, secretarial and travel to international and professional/scholarly contexts for the presentation of research, major papers, consultations and lectures.

The university desires to endow this Chair fully. It will require a $5 million gift to provide sufficient average earnings to cover the annual expenses as well as add principle to the corpus. It is important to grow the endowment's principle in order to compensate for inflation and other increases in personnel and operating costs.

Several means for collaborating with the university to support this strategic Chair are available.

  • Make a three-year pledge (paid monthly, quarter or annually) to support the operation of the Chair, which will allow the Chair to be filled until the endowment is capable of generating the revenue needed to sustain the position.
  • Make a gift to the Chair that can be divided between the operating fund and the endowment goal (the designation of which can be determined by the donor).
  • Make a pledge of current and/or deferred gifts over a three-year period toward the endowment fund goal required to support the Chair.
  • Make a legacy gift of $1 million or more from current funds and/or deferred commitments to underwrite a significant portion of the annual operating budget.

The hallmark of Harald's ministry was making strong personal connections with people across all walks of life. You can continue his legacy of networking and connection by referring those within your network of friends and colleagues who may be interested in honoring Harald and supporting this vital academic position.

To help us connect others to this important work or to learn more about how you can play a strategic role in establishing Regent's Harald Bredesen Endowed Chair of Leadership Formation and Renewal, please contact Regent University's Office of Advancement at 800.335.4409 or online at