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May 16, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Nextel Partners CEO giving back


KEN LAMBERT / SEATTLE TIMES

John Chapple, chairman and CEO of Kirkland-based Nextel Partners.

Kirkland-based Nextel Partners Chairman and CEO John Chapple, who is set to make a bundle off the upcoming sale of his company to Sprint Nextel, is making a $1.5 million gift to The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

The gift will establish and endow the Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy in the Department of Political Science. Chapple, who attended Syracuse, serves on the Maxwell Advisory Board and the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.

He said, in a release: “I have always been interested in politics and government, and, after graduating from SU, I discovered the vital connection that exists between the public and private sectors. George Maxwell was right when he said ‘we all need to be involved in the process, if only just by staying active on the sidelines.’ I hope that this gift to Maxwell will help future generations gain the awareness and understanding of that truth.”

Maxwell political science professor, Robert D. McClure, has been named the Chapple Family Professor. McClure joined the Maxwell faculty in 1969, and served 13 years as Associate or Senior Associate Dean. The Chapple Family Professor will teach political science courses in the broad area of citizenship and democracy to undergraduate and graduate students.

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