Huntsman School of Business graduates Gary and Karen Black said they didn’t have much to donate when, as a newly married couple, they decided to give $25 to Utah State University.
However, they have tried to give every year since then, and in 2005, they established the Gary Black and Karen Walton Black Endowment and Scholarship to benefit students in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
In 2009, the Blacks were named USU Alumni of the Year.
Photo by Steve Eaton
The Blacks weren’t looking for any special recognition; that’s not why they’ve donated. They do admit, however, that it has been rewarding to have received letters from those they have helped over the years. The couple hopes that the students they have helped will in turn desire to help others in the future.
“Many years from now, we’ll recognize people who have made great contributions in the world,” said Mr. Black, “and we’ll recognize that they came from this university.”
Mr. and Ms. Black met while attending the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State in the 1960’s. Mr. Black is a member of the Old Main President’s Circle and is on the Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board. He received the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Distinguished Executive Alumnus award in 2002.
Mr. Black is the owner of Condies Foods, which has been in business for 71 years and supplies fresh-cut vegetables to thousands of fast food restaurants in the western states. He is a member of the McDonald’s Produce Council, a founding member of International Fresh-Cut Produce Association and sits on the United Fresh Produce Association Education and Research board in Washington, D.C.
As co-owner of Condies Foods, Ms. Black serves on the company’s board of directors. She also started and ran two businesses of her own: A Basket of Treasures and Karen’s Ceramics. She is a past PTA president who has contributed her talents at The Children’s Museum of Utah, The Ronald McDonald House and Festival of Trees.