Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Meet Susan Howe
Susan Howe '81 calls herself "the accidental CPA." It's not that she isn't quite proud of her fulfilling 25-year career at Ernst & Young, or more recently, after retiring, of going out on her own to do contract work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her OWU academic major in economics (majors in accounting were scarce at the time) more than prepared Howe for the accounting state boards, but it was the additional support from two of her beloved OWU professors that meant the most to her.
"Professor Joann Harvey (assisted by Bob Gitter) petitioned the board on my behalf, that several courses I completed would count toward my board requirement," Susan recalls. That was a continuation of what were to be many happy OWU memories. After all, she earlier had met William "Prent" Howe '80 on campus whom she later married. In addition, sisters Becky Springmeyer '82 and Sandy Springmeyer Mozina '85 followed sister Susan to OWU.
Since graduating from Ohio Wesleyan (Howe received an MBA from Villanova University in 1989) she served on OWU's Alumni Board of Directors in the mid-1990s and renewed relationships with alumni in Philadelphia, where she and Prent live. Howe helped with further alumni-OWU connections through her work with Ohio Wesleyan admissions efforts and the Howes have been President's Circle members for the last four years. They joined the Tower Society in 2014.
"We're interested in supporting conservation-related activities such as birding and also in leaving a legacy for liberal arts education," Susan says. "I understand tax planning. As I reach the end of my peak earning years, by giving what I can now, I get a tax deduction and OWU can utilize the money."
With Ernst & Young's gift matching program, every dollar Susan gives is matched by that company. As Tower Society members, the Howes now have a meaningful plan for leaving a legacy for Ohio Wesleyan.
"I love OWU," Susan says, recalling one of her favorite courses in geology. "It had no bearing on my career of choice, but my best OWU takeaway was my ability to think critically, remain curious about the world, and explore many different things. That feels like a great gift to me!"
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