|Charles W. Oswald and Chancellor Robert Hemenway, University of Kansas.|
Charles W. Oswald, KU Economics, '51, has made a series of very generous gifts to the Department of Economics. Charley's first gift of $1 million established the Oswald Faculty Scholars Program. intended to increase the Department's ability to compete for, and help support, top-level new faculty members.
Eight assistant professors have now been supported as Oswald Scholars under this very successful program.
In 2001, Charley contributed $10 million to KU, of which $6 million came to the Department of Economics, and more recently he has pledged an additional $10 million.
These gifts have provided three Distinguished Professor positions and an Oswald Undergraduate Scholars Program.
In addition, the gifts have provided seminars and conferences which have brought several hundred economists to KU, a
new graduate funding, enhanced teaching and research support for faculty members and graduate students and enhanced
In recognition of these gifts the undergraduate economics program at KU has been named the Charles W. Oswald Program
"Few alumni of the University of Kansas have the capacity and the generosity to transform an entire department through their
support, but Charley Oswald is one of them. His belief in the value of his KU education and his vision for future KU
economics students have made KU a recognized leader in economics education. " 1
Charley earned a master's degree in business administration in 1953 from Harvard University. A native of rural Hutchinson
he graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1946 as valedictorian of his class and a star on the 1945 undefeated football
team. Currently the chairman of Rotherwood Investments LLC in Minnesota, he was chairman and CEO of National Computer
Systems ( now NCS Pearson ) from 1970 until 1994.