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 and Gay Krause pledge $9 million to The Citadel:
Bill Krause, '63, talks about his three key motivations for giving back to The Citadel: