While in his forties, Jim Troxel returned to school to earn a master’s degree from DePaul’s School for New Learning (SNL). He subsequently founded Millennia Consulting, a Chicago-based firm that helps public service organizations manage change. Troxel remains involved with DePaul, including serving as an advisory council member for the President’s Club, DePaul’s premier annual giving society. His wife, Karen, earned a master’s degree from SNL in 1996.
Q: How has DePaul made a difference in your life?
Troxel: SNL was the perfect match for me as an adult learner, as it enabled me to create a master’s degree around my professional interest in organizational transformation. Shortly after graduation, I published my first book and launched my consulting business, neither of which would have happened had it not been for DePaul.
Q: Why do you make unrestricted gifts to DePaul?
Troxel: I began by directing my gifts to SNL, since that’s where I received my degree. As I became more involved with DePaul, I realized that all of its programs – from the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center to the Egan Urban Center to the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning – are worthy of support. I trust the university’s leadership to determine the most important priorities to fund.