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About the Buchanans

Bill Buchanan, BN’57, and his wife, Jean, established the Buchanan Center in 2009 with a generous $3 million gift. Bill graduated with a degree in actuarial science from Drake and is now chairman of Unified Life Insurance, Co.

The Buchanans are dedicated members of the Drake family. Bill has served on Drake's National Advisory Council for the College of Business and Public Administration and received the University's Alumni Loyalty Award in 2007.  In addition to their support of the Center, they have also contributed to other causes at the University.

July 8, 2018
Robert D. Ray, BN'52, LW'54, died on July 8. Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999.