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Business College Named in Honor of Key Supporters

Bonnie & L.B. Eckelkamp ST. LOUIS – Fontbonne University is naming its business school in honor of two of its most exemplary friends and supporters. The Bonnie and L.B. Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies comprises the university’s business programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees for traditional and international students, as well as its OPTIONS program, which offers degrees designed specifically for busy adults. The college is the university’s largest enrollment unit with more than 1,300 students.

Bonnie is a member of the Fontbonne board of trustees and has provided exceptional leadership as co-chair of the university’s current $20 million comprehensive campaign. L.B. is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Bank of Washington in Washington, Mo., and is an attorney and partner in the law firm Eckelkamp Kuenzel LLP.

“Fontbonne University was founded on, and is still committed to, the principles of excellence, ethics and integrity, and that is what – in great part – makes a Fontbonne education so vital and complete,” Bonnie said. “The women and men who graduate from Fontbonne are well-prepared not only for their careers, but for living a meaningful life with a focus on service to others.”

It is the Eckelkamps’ embodiment of the university’s educational mission and their model of leadership that led to this special naming opportunity, according to university officials.

“The service, dedication, devotion and leadership offered by Bonnie and L.B. have been transformational to our university,” said Dr. Dennis Golden, Fontbonne president. “Moreover, their lives give evidence of embracing the mission, vision, values, commitment and Catholic identity of Fontbonne University.”

The Eckelkamps make their home in Washington, and they are deeply involved in the St. Louis community, as well. Their service is extensive: He is a board member for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo, along with positions he holds with numerous other organizations. In 2007, he received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America bestow. Bonnie serves on the boards of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and the Friends Board of the St. Louis Art Museum. She is a past director of the WINGS Foundation, in addition to other community involvement.

The continued support of Fontbonne by community leaders such as the Eckelkamps will impact generations of students to come, according to Linda Maurer, dean of Fontbonne’s business college.

“We are committed to programs that provide students with enormous opportunities for growth, learning and success, all within a framework that emphasizes ethics, fiscal responsibility and a broad worldview,” Maurer said. “It’s fitting, then, that the Eckelkamps should be honored in this manner.”