Carson

CarsonDavid Carson has made a career of leadership and knows quite a bit about its importance in forg­ing a new and better world for tomorrow. Currently a trustee of Berkeley Divinity School, the retired chairman and CEO of Peoples Bank has donated much time sharing that expertise on the boards of three of the na­tion’s most influential seminaries, as well as creating the Carson Scholars program at the University of Michigan business school. When BDS embarked on its own strategic planning process, Carson challenged the School to make leadership formation cen­tral to its long-term objectives. To that end, he made a five-year commitment to fund a leadership initiative as part of Berkeley Divinity School’s Anglican Studies curriculum. His wife, Sara, shares his passion for philanthropy that can improve the world. Together, they have a vision that sees the future of YDS and Berkeley Divinity School as holding the same kind of influential place in the world that Yale’s colleges in law, science and medi­cine do. “I think the uniqueness of YDS and Berkeley is that it is the strongest Christian seminary in this country that is directly associated with one of the world’s greatest research universities,” he observes. “We can have real influence. We can have real lead­ership. I offered my gift to stimulate the kind of leadership that is needed for the 21st century – a type of leadership that a glob­ally recognized university like Yale has the ability to foster.”