from The Bridge: Fall/Winter 2011 issue
Craig Owens '76, the senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of Campbell Soup Co., in Camden, N.J., spent most of his career overseas. "I spent 17 years in Europe and have raised my family in an international environment," says Owens. "The experience has been invaluable to my own children. It is essential that W&L graduates have access to and understanding of an international environment." To that end, Owens has made a significant commitment toward the Class of 1976 Fund for International Studies, which Owens and other classmates established in honor of their 25th reunion.
"There are several reasons why I was moved to make this gift. Firstly, I had a terrific experience when I was at Washington and Lee, and I wanted to give back to the school for that experience," Owens explains."I was a scholarship student when I was there, and I would not have been able to attend without financial aid. So it is particularly meaningful for me to give to a scholarship program."
When Owens attended W&L, he did not have the resources to take part in a study-abroad program, which were mostly offered through other universities. "I am really pleased that W&L is strengthening its international programs. This is an important initiative, and I am happy to participate in the University's effort to be more connected internationally," Owens says.
Owens is particularly gratified to enable students who are recipients of financial aid to study abroad. "The gift marries two of my interests," he says. "Lexington creates a special atmosphere, but ultimately Washington and Lee is sending students out into a much broader world, and they need to be prepared for that."