Beeghlys Give YSU $1.5M for Endowment, Fellowships

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bruce and Nancy Beeghly have donated $1.5 million to Youngstown State University, creating a new endowment for the Beeghly College of Education and two graduate fellowships.

As part of the university’s “We See Tomorrow” fundraising campaign, the couple has created the R. Thornton Beeghly Graduate Fellowship in Business Administration and the Bruce R. Beeghly Graduate Fellowship in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Youngstown State University is a cornerstone of our community,” said Bruce Beeghly in announcing the donation. “We are pleased to be a part of the ‘We See Tomorrow’ campaign, which will strengthen YSU for years to come.”

Two buildings at YSU bear the family name: Beeghly Hall, home of the education college, and Beeghly Center, home to YSU’s basketball, volleyball,  swimming and diving teams.

Beyond YSU, the Beeghly family has a long history of philanthropy in the Mahoning Valley. In 1940, they created the L.A. Beeghly Fund, which has donated to 140 organizations. Twenty-five years later, the family donated its homestead on Market Street in Boardman to Western Reserve Care System. The site today is the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Beeghly Campus.

“We are fortunate at YSU to have the continued support of the Beeghly family,” President Jim Tressel said. “Bruce and Nancy’s commitment of time and resources to YSU over so many years have provided tremendous opportunities for countless students. Our thanks to them for their generosity.”

Bruce Beeghly is the retired president of Altronic Inc. in Girard and former chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees. He also served on the Ohio Board of Regents, Liberty Board of Education and as a trustee of the YSU Foundation.

Nancy Beeghly was an English teacher for Boardman School District, a columnist for The Vindicator, a trustee at Westminster College and community vice president of the Junior League of Youngstown.

She currently is board chairwoman of Buechner Hall, serves on the communications committee for Beatitude House and on the boards of the YSU English Festival and Juvenile Justice Center of Mahoning County.

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