Vetter Foundation: Evangel Dedicates Business Department Center

Written by the SBJ Staff
Reprinted with permission from the SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
Springfield, Missouri

Evangel University officials yesterday cut the ribbon on its Vetter Center for Social Enterprise, serving as a gathering place for the Springfield school’s business students.

Located on the first floor of Zimmerman Hall, the space is named for Jack and Eldora Vetter, whose Omaha, Neb.-based Vetter Foundation last year granted $150,000 to Evangel to form the nonprofit business and social enterprise major within the university’s business department, according to a news release.

“We see this opportunity to help develop Evangel students, with these skills and interests, as a good investment of the God-given resources that we have reserved for this purpose,” Jack Vetter said in the release.

The Vetters founded Vetter Senior Living, which operates 30 nursing home and retirement living facilities in the Midwest, including Creekside at Elfindale and the Manor at Elfindale in Springfield.

Launching in fall 2012, the nonprofit business and social enterprise major has 34 students enrolled, the release said.