The Jack R. Hunt Society

What are the characteristics of a leader? A willingness to embrace change and take risks? An expansive vision? An ability to get things done?

All these characteristics can be attributed to Jack R. Hunt. In 1965, as Embry-Riddle's first president, he consolidated the institution's flight training, ground school, and technical training programs in Daytona Beach, Florida. This move was a major milestone on the organization's path to achieving world-class status. Within three years, the school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and two years later, Embry-Riddle gained university stature.

Hunt also launched a major expansion of the university when the 510-acre site of a former Arizona college became Embry-Riddle's western campus.

To honor his legacy of growth, we have established the Jack R. Hunt Society. It recognizes Embry-Riddle donors who give a lifetime total of at least $1 million in cash, securities, real estate, bequests, or trusts. Members of the society express their support over a lifetime, but they help the university achieve its goals hour by hour and minute by minute, as researchers expand aeronautical knowledge in our labs and professors share it in our classrooms.

We invite you to join the Jack R. Hunt Society and carry on his legacy of growth and vision for Embry-Riddle.

Jack R. Hunt

Jack R. Hunt portrait

The Hunt Society recognizes Embry-Riddle donors who give a lifetime total of at least $1 million.

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Opening Doors and Changing Lives

With eight university degrees and 30 years spent living abroad, Donna Roberts has always had a love of learning. “Education opens doors and changes people’s lives in tangible ways,” she says.

Roberts is a dual alumna of Embry-Riddle (2010), as well as associate professor and chair of the social sciences and economics department and chair of undergraduate research at the Worldwide Campus in Germany. She says she wanted to help students who share her passion for education, especially those in the military.

That is why Roberts and her husband, Sergio Del Bianco, recently made a generous planned gift to Embry-Riddle, creating an endowed scholarship in their names. The couple, who met in Italy and have been together 22 years, are also funding a term scholarship to immediately help undergraduate or graduate students with financial need.

“Valuing education so much, I wanted to give back to something that is meaningful to me,” she says.