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Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University

This guide includes historical information about the people behind DePauw University's building names.

Janet Prindle

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Janet W. Prindle"Good corporate citizens are good investments."

A Wall Street pioneer for women, Janet Prindle spent her career in finance advocating for socially conscious financial investing. She was the first woman to be named partner at the investment firm of Neuberger Berman. As former managing director of Neuberger Berman, Prindle managed the $90 million Neuberger Berman Socially Responsive fund – a fund that shuns companies that produce tobacco, alcohol, weapons and nuclear power. Prior to Neuberger, she held portfolio management positions with Bessemer Trust Company, E.F. Hutton and Moody’s Investor Services.

Prindle graduated with the class of 1958. The history major was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and served on the Panhellenic Council. She has since served on the university’s board of trustees since 1990. Prindle’s involvement with the university includes assisting with the establishment of a chair for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.

In 1999, Prindle married New York City lawyer, Charles Seidler Jr. She is a patron of Carnegie Hall and sits on the boards of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She is a trustee of The Healthcare Chaplaincy and is a founding member of The City Church in New York. In addition, she is an advocate for career advancement of women and is an active mentor for young professionals.

Prindle provided the funding for the construction of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics building, giving an addition $10 million commitment for the Institute’s programming. In regards to her donation, Prindle stated “The importance of critical thinking about ethical issues was at the forefront of my mind when we established the Institute, and I feel even stronger about that need today.” The building, one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient in the state, was dedicated on October 26, 2007.

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