Buck Roebuck ('80) Makes $90 Million Endowment Personal Goal
Buck didn't know much about Covenant when he enrolled as a freshman in 1976. The big attraction at Covenant was playing soccer. Now he says that the Covenant was one of the best things that ever happened to him.
After graduating and teaching for a year, Buck pursued life insurance and landed a job with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, a premier life insurance company.
After receiving excellent training and building a successful business, Buck was offered a job as district agent, a management position with great potential. However, that meant relocating his family Eve (DeBardeleben '80) and his five children. Instead, Buck became an independent agent, affiliating with top national producers of various insurance products.
By tapping into the most talented professionals in the field, Buck has seen his own business grow, but what excites Buck is being able to use his sales experience to benefit future Covenant students.
Without financial aid Buck would not have been able to attend Covenant. Living near the college, Buck also knows the quality of professors who pour themselves into students. He recognizes that cutting the cost of college is not a viable option. Therefore, the solution to keeping Covenant accessible is to generate additional income by building up the endowment.
"There is no reason that Covenant cannot raise $90 or even $150 million of endowment," according to Buck, whose clients are often high net worth individuals. "Maybe this is why God created me." Buck goes on to say, reflecting the teaching he received at Covenant concerning both the sovereignty of God and the desire to live coum deo (in the presence of God).
Though it is generally acknowledged that Covenant does not have a lot of wealthy alumni, Buck serves as a great example of how alumni can help Covenant in many different ways.