Ex-publisher of Sentinel makes $10M gift to DU

Jim Kennedy, the head of Cox Enterprises and former publisher of The Daily Sentinel, has donated $10 million to the University of Denver to create a new education program and research endowment at the school.

The James C. Kennedy Institute for Educational Success will study cost-effective means of sustaining educational achievement for vulnerable students. The gift will fund three faculty chairs for the program and research within the Morgridge College of Education at the DU campus.

The three faculty will research areas in early-childhood education, education in urban environments and the use of new technology in education.

Kennedy is an alumnus of the University of Denver and graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“The University of Denver played a very important part in my growth and development, and I wanted to give something back,” Kennedy said. “I’m pleased this gift will benefit both students and the community through the college of education.”

Kennedy was The Daily Sentinel’s publisher from 1979 to 1985.

Cox Enterprises oversees Cox Newspapers Inc., which owns The Daily Sentinel, as well as other subsidiaries including Cox Communications and Cox Auto Trader.

Cox put The Daily Sentinel and a number of other Cox-owned properties up for sale in August.


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