Naumann Scholarship Celebrates Student Leaders

Deni Druehl Naumann

Deni Druehl Naumann, JO'78

When Deni Druehl Naumann, JO'78, reflects on her time at Drake, she remembers the opportunities she had to get involved and make a difference on campus and in the community.

During her three years as an undergraduate student, she was able to make an impact through leadership roles with Residence Life, The Times-Delphic, Student Senate, and the Student Activities Board.

"I was able to get involved right away learning about myself and growing as a leader," says Deni, who received Drake's prestigious Oreon E. Scott award.

The formation of her leadership skills began at Drake—and she put them to use in her now 40-year career. She served as president of Copesan Services, Inc. for 13 years and held executive leadership positions with S.C. Johnson Wax/Professional, Essential Industries, and ServiceMaster Holdings. In December, she retired and joined her husband, Michael, as an executive consultant with Naumann & Associates, Inc.

Because her education at Drake opened many doors, Deni was motivated to give back by identifying student leaders and nurturing their abilities. She and Michael created the Deni Druehl Naumann Women's Leadership Scholarship in 2014 to recognize female student leaders who inspire and positively impact the lives of others.

"There are opportunities for women to contribute as leaders during college as well as in their communities and in their careers following graduation," she says. "I hope this scholarship not only recognizes their leadership skills but also helps them pursue their passions and next steps beyond their Drake experience."

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