Lof is Leaving a Legacy for Students
Gregg Lof has been in higher education his entire adult life. From starting off as a student at MSUM, to his current role at the largest university in the country, he knows the value of education and the impact it can make. Because of this, he knew he wanted to help students during their educational journey. For a lot of people, leaving a legacy means passing things down to their children. But he and his husband have no children, so Gregg decided to assist students who may otherwise not be able to afford to attend college. “We need to help those who may be struggling,” he said. “Because of my higher education experiences, I understand how important such help is.”
Gregg recently started an endowed scholarship in his name with the MSUM Foundation and also left an estate gift, ensuring that even after he passes away, students will be helped out financially for years to come. “It will help people who live beyond me. That means a lot to me,” he said.
Gregg attended MSUM during a period of growth and change in his life. Reflecting back on his time on campus, he said the community and people there played a role in who he is today. “MSUM gave me the ability to figure out who I was and how to be successful both personally and professionally,” he said. “I’ll always be appreciative of that.”
Professors and mentors like Lois Selberg, Marie Swanson, Dale Grondhovd, Lou DeMaio, and Arnie Tiegland took Gregg under their wings and helped him learn and grow. He said they taught him how to think, taught excellent courses and were just overall kind people. Gregg found his passion in the Speech-Language Pathology department, which turned into a very successful career for him. In time, he earned his PhD and excelled in roles as a professor and department chair at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Temporarily leaving retirement, he is now the interim director at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He has published 26 articles and presented at over 100 seminars and workshops in 32 states and six countries.
Gregg says he credits much of his success to the education he received at MSUM. “Those early years are so important in our lives,” he said. “My alma mater gave me so much, so I want to give back and ensure the Foundation is strong, and help as many people as possible.”
Many think only large gifts are impactful, but Gregg encourages people to start small, and give to places that matter to you. “One of the things I learned early on is that when you’re a young person, start by giving $20 a year. Even a small amount is important and hopefully you will eventually develop a philanthropic mindset to give more when you can.”
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