Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Spring 2007

Kendells contribute to two scholarships

In 1957 a professor made a significant contribution to Ross Kendell’s life and now he and Nancy Kendell are making their own contribution to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business by funding two scholarships.

Ross and Nancy Kendell

Ross and Nancy Kendell

Ross said that when he was ready to leave Logan for the summer in 1957 "a remarkable event happened that would forever change my life." He said he went to see Professor V.D. Gardner who asked him about his summer plans and told him about a junior executive training program offered by Commercial Security Bank. Even though Kendell had not planned on going into banking, he contacted the bank and went in for an interview.

That led to a job offer and a career in banking. Eventually, Ross became the president and chief executive officer of KeyBank.

Ross and Nancy are making significant contributions to a scholarship to honor Professor Gardner and another professor, Norman S. Cannon, who also had a positive impact on Ross’s life. Dr. Cannon was the department head in the school of accountancy and also served as Ross’s advisor, mentor and major professor. Their contributions will help fund the V.D. Gardner Scholarship and the Norman S. and Virginia Cannon Scholarship.

After Ross retired he served as a consultant for R.C. Willey. Ross has served with a number of community service organizations and has been a member of Utah State University’s Board of Trustees. He has also been on the National Advisory Board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business , the School of Accountancy’s Advisory Council and served as the Alumni House Fund Drive chairman. Ross, who graduated in 1960, received the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award in 2005.