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Robert and Carolyn Turner, Leaders among leaders

Bradley University honored alumnus Robert Turner and his wife Carolyn Turner with the 2010 President’s Award at the President’s Appreciation dinner on April 22. Started in 1975, the President’s Award recognizes donors who, by their continued relationship and extraordinary involvement in the University, have set an example for the Bradley community.

From left to right: Chairman of the Board Gerald Shaheen '66 MBA '68, President Joanne Glasser, Carolyn Turner, and Robert Turner '77 MBA '78.

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The Turners live by the philosophy that the more one gives, the more one receives. They established the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in 2002 with a gift of $1.5 million. The Center provides business counseling, technical assistance, training and educational activities for individuals interested in owning their own businesses. The Turner Center Lecture Series brings prominent entrepreneurs, authors and academics to Bradley to interact with students and other members of the University and local community.

Recently the Turners provided a $3 million unrestricted gift as part of the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance. Bradley has recognized their generosity by creating the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship.

“Bob reflects the kind of values that we try to emulate and live as an institution,” said President Joanne Glasser. “It’s the way he and Carolyn created an investment company 20 years ago. It’s how they live their lives.”

In accepting the award from President Joanne Glasser, Bob Turner praised the university’s administration, faculty and students who are helping to make Bradley a university of national distinction, and encouraged alumni to support the institution.

“I would like to say to our alumni that it really is important to give back,” said Turner. “Don’t forget that Bradley was an important part of allowing you to be where you are.”

A native of Yates City just outside Peoria, Bob Turner graduated from Bradley in 1977 with a degree in accounting and received his MBA from the University a year later.  His career began in the banking and insurance industries, but eventually he chose a different path – the path of an entrepreneur.  Bob and his brother Mark Turner ‘80 started their own investment business in 1990 in Berwyn, Pa.

Today, as chairman and chief investment officer of Turner Investment Partners Inc., Bob and the Turner team manage approximately $19 billion in assets.

Bob Turner is a recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award and has served as a member of Bradley’s Board of Trustees for more than a decade.

Bob and Carolyn reside in Paoli, Pa. They have four children. Their son, Andrew, a history and communications major at Bradley, will graduate in 2011.