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The mission of DePaul’s John L. Keeley Center for Financial Services is to deliver high-impact programs that support students, fulfill industry talent requirements and address the interests of students, industry professionals and academic scholars dedicated to research relating to financial institutions and regulation. The founding members insisted from the beginning that the activities be practical and relevant for all of its stakeholders. The Keeley Center focuses on strategy and outcomes that positively differentiate the DePaul student experience, while deliberately and concurrently raising the visibility of DePaul University in the business community.
Established in 2006, the Center for Financial Services was created within DePaul's Department of Finance to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and connect students and faculty with the financial services community in Chicago. Through a generous $3 million gift in 2018 from the Keeley family and Keeley Family Foundation that honors the late finance executive John L. Keeley Jr., the center has been renamed the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services.
"The Keeley Center embodies our father’s belief that students learn best and ultimately succeed by doing. It will provide opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world of finance."