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NSU's Bryan Deptula, M.B.A., Ph.D., professor at H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and EntrepreneurshipWhile pursuing his undergraduate degree in Delaware, Bryan Deptula, M.B.A., Ph.D., was faced with a familiar obstacle that many students know all too well—financial adversity. Yet his willingness to learn made him determined to prove himself to faculty and staff. He met with his financial adviser and outlined his short-term goals. Clearly impressed, his adviser agreed to support his education for one semester, providing him with Pell grants and scholarships. Six months later, Deptula returned to meet with him to present his academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities. Deptula received a full-tuition-paid scholarship, and, a few years later, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

“That experience is what motivated me to give back. Someone invested in me, so I wanted to invest in others. While I’m here on this earth, I will give my time and my effort. When I pass on, I want to leave financial instruments to help other people achieve their life goals.”

Upon arriving at NSU, Deptula became a member of NSU's 1964 Society. His legacy gift provides support for students in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. As an assistant professor of the college and co-founder of the leader development firm BKD Leaders, Deptula is excited about the opportunity to support others with similar ambitions.

Deptula’s passion and dedication to NSU is unwavering. “I knew when I got to NSU that I wanted to stay here for life. If you ask anyone who made the most profound difference in their lives they will most likely say: the person that saw in them, what they couldn’t see in themselves. This university helps students realize their potential every day and it feels amazing to be a part of that.”

For more information about creating a legacy gift, please contact Andrea Darlow, senior director of development for legacy gifts at (954) 262-2135 or at