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Planned Giving

Alumnus Applies His Athletic Skills to His Life

Gary Smith

Gary Smith excelled in track and wrestling while at St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud State University recruited Gary Smith for his athletic ability. Not only did he place third in a national track meet, but he also went on to claim two national titles in wrestling—a sport he didn't even start until he began college.

"The perseverance, work and leadership that you need to reach those levels in athletics are skills that transfer over to life," Gary says. "I was an education major, but a lot of companies were talking to me about going to work for them. I had a job before I got out of college, and the rest is history."

Gary spent his career in the business field and entered into retirement after serving as CEO of Signa StorTech Systems. He and his wife, Jan, decided to make a planned gift after he successfully helped turn around a public company.

"The university helped me to make the decisions and move forward in putting it all together," Gary says.

Why Should You Consider a Planned Gift?
"I think planned gifts are a good idea for alumni to consider because the university is always going to need more money in the future than it needs now," Gary says. "When you put money into a planned gift option then it can grow into more money and make a bigger impact than giving to the university as a straight gift."

Support Our Students
To find out how you can support future students by making a planned gift to the St. Cloud State University Foundation, please contact Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or .

Click here to start planning your gift.

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