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Phil Bartels Receives Inaugural Distinguished Philanthropist Award

A longtime benefactor, Phil Bartels and his family have supported the University of New Haven for decades, graciously giving their time and talents to help create transformational opportunities for generations of students.

May 10, 2018

by Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing & Communications

The Student Philanthropy Council presents Phil Bartels, pictured with his wife, Susan, and his daughter, Katie, with its first Distinguished Philanthropist Award.

The University of New Haven’s Student Philanthropy Council has presented Philip H. Bartels, chair of the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors, with its first Distinguished Philanthropist Award to recognize his longtime support.

The newly created Student Philanthropy Council presented Bartels with the award at the Board of Governors Luncheon on April 20, citing his "transformational contributions" to the University and its students. The Council, an initiative created in partnership with the Office of Advancement, aims to increase philanthropy among students.

Bartels, who will complete his six-year tenure as chair of the Board at the end of June, and his wife, Susan, are among the University’s most generous donors. They have supported the University’s President’s Public Service Fellowship, contributed to the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, and created scholarships, among many other initiatives. They have also recently established the Bartels Education Fund to give generations of students the opportunity to pursue their passions.

"The entire University community is indebted to Phil and Susan for their service, their support, and their unwavering belief in our mission – and, especially, the countless transformational learning opportunities they have created for our students," said President Steve Kaplan.

"Mr. Bartels is an exemplary role model for us as students. He and his entire family help instill in us the importance of giving back."Tatiyana Bramwell ’18, Student Philanthropy Council Member

Bartels was also recognized at the 35th Annual Alumni Scholarship Ball, receiving the President’s Award, one of the University’s most prestigious honors.

Bartels, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of New Haven in 2011, has been involved with the University for decades. He has said that one of his proudest moments was personally awarding his son, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Minsung, their diplomas for their master’s degrees.

The son of Hank and Nancy Bartels, two of the University’s most committed benefactors, Bartels followed in the footsteps of his father, joining the Board in 2001, becoming chair in 2012.

"Giving back both in regard to volunteer service and with regard to philanthropy to charitable institutions has been our family’s guiding principle," said Bartels. "This has been our North Star."