Keizers and KPMG Establish Fellowship
Keizers and KPMG Establish Fellowship for Faculty Research Fellowship in Business
It didn't take Henry Keizer '78 long to find his place in the business world. Henry joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) just weeks after graduating from Montclair State University and has been there ever since, rising to his current position as deputy chairman and chief operating officer.
Throughout his time at KPMG--which currently employs about 50 Montclair State alumni—Henry has kept close ties with the School of Business. He and his wife Wendy have supported student scholarships, and he has been a guest lecturer in several classes and was the featured speaker at the 2007 School of Business Convocation.
Recently the Keizers, working with the KPMG Foundation and School of Business Dean E. LaBrent Chrite, created The Keizer/KPMG Faculty Research Fellowship. "We feel, as many of us do at KPMG, that it’s important to give back," Henry says.
The fellowship was awarded to James Di Gabriele, associate professor in the Department of Accounting, Law, and Taxation.
"This was a natural fit for us, and something we are honored to be a part of," Wendy says, adding that they have received many thank you letters from scholarship recipients.
For the Keizers, giving back is a way of life. For example, Wendy is co-chair of the KPMG Family for Literacy program, which has distributed almost 2 million books to low-income children throughout the United States.
"One of the things Wendy and I are very proud of is that, when you look at the KPMG family and the hundreds of thousands of hours our people commit back to their communities and institutions, it’s not just the employee or the partner giving back," Henry says. "It’s the entire family, and that’s a big part of our core values."
Those values, Henry says, seem to resonate with KPMG employees who are Montclair State University graduates. "Everyone I know who has gone to MSU and joins KPMG has a positive attitude, a tremendous work ethic and the ability to be extraordinarily successful," he says. "I believe this is due in large part to the great foundation the University provides."