Chuck Mathewson’s dedication to growing his business has now, in his retirement years, turned to philanthropy…gift giving to his favorite activity, the encouragement of entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno.
His most recent donation, actually a $1 million gift he and his wife, Stacie, made through their Charles N. Mathewson Foundation, to establish the Charles N. Mathewson Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship, will provide additional support to expand the Entrepreneurship Program in the University’s College of Business.
“I’m a born entrepreneur,” said Mathewson, who through the 90’s and early 2000’s guided International Game Technology (IGT) as its chairman and CEO to the position of world leadership in gaming machine manufacturing.
Mathewson said he has been an entrepreneur his whole life, failing at his first few attempts.
“If you make a mistake and fail, that’s okay, so long as you don’t make the same one twice. I’m just an entrepreneur at heart,” he was quoted as saying.
This was not the first philanthropic effort by the Mathewsons toward UNR. They previously made donations to the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies in the College of Business and they donated $5 million to the construction of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the college campus.
They also have contributed to other university divisions, including a $500,000 gift in 2008 to the Knowledge Center.
“I love the University,” Mathewson said. “And, it has an ideal setting to make Reno become a wonderful University town. Entrepreneurial efforts can absolutely play a role in that.”