Purple and Gold Award

Richrd, '63, and Dr. Carol, '65, Savage
2019 Distinguished Awards | President's Philanthropy Award Winner

This award is the most prestigious award for lifetime giving that the University of Northern Iowa Foundation bestows on behalf of the university. This award recognizes the extraordinary, long-time support of an individual or couple who have had a significant and inspiring impact on UNI. This award is designed to honor those who have provided long-term substantial and loyal philanthropic support that has transformed the university.

Dick is a 1963 marketing graduate and former Panther basketball player. Carol earned her B.A. in education in 1965 from the University of Northern Iowa. She also earned her Ph.D. in elementary and early childhood curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas in 1966.
Dick is a retired chairman of United Rotary Brush in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The company is privately owned with plants in Kansas, Ohio and Canada. In the early 2000s, Dick was president of the board and part owner of Wolf Creek Golf Club, an exclusive golf club in Kansas City.

A pioneer of the Head Start program, Carol is the founder and owner of the Brookridge Day School in Overland Park. The accredited private school offers pre-kindergarten through third grade classes. The school ranks among the top 50 private elementary schools nationally and is seventh best in the Midwest.

Dick and Carol are members of the Presidents Club, and Dick served on the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees from 2011-2017. They have supported the Panther Scholarship Club, McLeod Center, men’s basketball, wrestling, salary enhancement funds, the Savage Endowed Basketball Scholarship, the Richard E. Savage College of Business Administration Endowed Scholarship and the Annual Fund. In addition, the Savages have an estate gift designated to the Dr. Carol Savage College of Education Scholarship Endowment.

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Dick and Carol Savage