Culver Academies Names The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur

CULVER, Ind. (October 18, 2010) – Culver Academies, one of the nation’s leading college preparatory schools, will name The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, thanks to an endowment by Ron Rubin, a 1968 graduate of Culver Military Academy, at ceremonies held today.

The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur is founded on the principle that entrepreneurship is the indispensable element to America’s growth and prosperity, critical to our continued economic and political leadership in the world. The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur provides a number of programs for student entrepreneurs, including challenging competitions, field trips to leading universities, campus-wide seminars and an “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” program. The school will prepare student entrepreneurs at the secondary-school level, offering an advanced curriculum and access to the global business community often reserved for higher education and graduate-level studies.

Ron Rubin, Minister of Tea /Chief Executive Officer of The Republic of Tea (www.RepublicofTea.com), is dedicated to enriching people’s lives through premium teas, education and innovation. Since Rubin acquired the company in 1994, The Republic of Tea introduced over 200 teas and donated over $1 million to non-profit organizations. Rubin began his career at his family’s wholesale business, Central Wholesale Liquor Co. and then create New Age Beverages, both located in Mount Vernon, Ill. He studied viticulture and enology at University of California, Davis and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He also served as adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University, where he mentored MBA student entrepreneurs.

The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur naming ceremony is followed by a series of events including seminars and roundtables customized for students. Guest entrepreneurs include Rubin; Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org; Jill Kickul, Ph.D., Director, Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship at The Stern School of Business, New York University; Scott Whitaker, Assistant Director at The Kellogg School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Northwestern University; and Daniela Papi, Director and Founder of PEPY.

Located on a scenic 1,800-acre lakeside campus in northern Indiana, Culver Academies offer a coeducational college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12. Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society, in addition to rigorous academic and extracurricular activities. Founded in 1894, the boys’ school, Culver Military Academy, teaches young men leadership, self-discipline and responsibility. The Culver Girls Academy, founded in 1971, is based upon the English prefect system of student leadership to achieve similar values for young women. Culver’s boarding school enrollment of approximately 800 is comprised of a global student body from more than 40 states and 25 countries. Please visit: www.culver.org and www.facebook.com/CulverAcademies.

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Media contacts:
William F. Hargraves III, Culver Academies, 574-842-8262 or visit www.culver.org
Marideth Post, The Republic of Tea, 415.847.3100 or marideth@republicoftea.com