In Memory of Eugene Jewett, GEC Board of Directors Member

“Gene was very insightful and had a crystal ball for waves of the future. This was exemplified with his support for Grantham as he was a pioneer in predicting online universities would have a significant role in education in this country. This has definitely come to pass and will continue to grow.”                                             Cliff Stearns, Sr.              Former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 6th Congressional District for 24 years

Eugene (Gene) A. Jewett, long-time GEC Board of Directors member, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013, and will be greatly missed. Highly respected for his foresight and views on the importance of distance learning, Mr. Jewett was known for his deep integrity, kindness and never-ending desire to help others through high-quality, accessible and affordable college education.

His heartfelt beliefs were often expressed through his vision: “Nowhere else but in America can you find such opportunity for success and wealth through a good education, hard work and risk. Grantham University is my dream for everyone to have this opportunity.”

Mr. Jewett was a partner of Chesapeake Capital, LP, and was instrumental in arranging the equity funding for GEC. Prior to joining the company’s Board in 2001, Mr. Jewett was a registered representative with the brokerage firm of Bellamah, Neuhauser and Barrett, Inc.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, where he played college basketball. He later played pro ball before the NBA was formed. In addition to being an excellent athlete, Mr. Jewett was a talented composer, musician and author, who wrote countless book reviews and articles. He was also a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, great friend and all-around Renaissance man.

“Gene’s passing marks a sad time for the University,” said Grantham University President Joseph McGrath. “We will honor him by continuing in our mission to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs to working adult students around the world.”