Bill & Gay Krause
Bill Krause, ‘63, is president of LWK Ventures, a private investment firm specializing in mentor capital. He is perhaps best known for stewarding 3Com Corp. through its high growth years in the 1980s as president and CEO, and subsequently as chairman of the board through 1993 when he retired. Krause’s leadership transformed 3Com from a venture capital start-up into a $1 Billion+ publicly traded data networking company with operations worldwide.
Prior to his leadership of 3Com, Krause spent 14 years at Hewlett-Packard, where his final position was general manager of the General Systems Division with worldwide responsibility for the company's personal computer business. Krause also currently serves as a director of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Coherent, Inc.; Core-Mark Holding, Inc.; CommScope, Inc.; and Power Assure.
He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel in 1963 and received an honorary doctorate of science in 2000.
L. Gay Krause, Bill's wife and a former teacher, counselor and middle school principal in Mountain View, Calif., has been instrumental in developing the Krause Center for Innovation, a teacher training center at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif. As executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation, she has established an outstanding regional professional development center for educators in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Bill Krause is now among most distinguished alumni in The Citadel's gallery
"Why not help achieve excellence in the education of principled leaders?" That was one of the thoughts Bill Krause shared while speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of alumni and staff in The Citadel's Daniel Library. The group gathered Friday, Nov. 1, to witness the unveiling of a portrait of Krause, which is now hung in the college's elite Distinguished Alumni Gallery. READ MORE
Bill and Gay Krause pledge $9 million to The Citadel:
Bill Krause, '63, talks about his three key motivations for giving back to The Citadel:
One of The Citadel’s key strategic goals is to achieve greater student and faculty diversity in order to create a campus that is more reflective of the environments in which our students will live and work upon graduating.
Bill Krause shares his ambitious dream for The Citadel to become recognized as a premier institution for producing principled leaders, not only in the Southeast, but throughout the nation and across the globe.
The Krause Center Curriculum aims to develop the leadership skills and ethical reasoning abilities of Citadel cadets and gradate students in order to provide them with a foundation for success in their chosen field of endeavor.
The Citadel instills in its students a sense of discipline, perseverance, pride and collaboration that often prove instrumental in one's success later in life.
Bill Krause, ’63, discusses leadership and diversity as the keys to success at The Citadel. Learn what motivated him to establish the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. What do you think are the keys to success?