Student-Managed Investment Fund Established

Forester Acorn Fund will provide practical learning opportunities for Huntington University students

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Business students at Huntington University will benefit from a gift from the estate of longtime Huntington businessman J.T. Brennan.

Brennan, known for his interest in the stock market, designated funds to support the Department of Business at HU. The funds are being used to establish the Forester Acorn Fund.

“We are thankful for J.T. Brennan remembering the HU Department of Business in his estate,” said Dr. Ann McPherren, Department of Business chair. “The Forester Acorn Fund will provide business students with the real-world opportunity to actively invest and manage funds in the market.” 

"I am excited about the experiential learning opportunity this fund will provide for our students,” said Dr. Brock Zehr, associate professor of business, who teaches courses in investing and personal finance. “They will gain experience in investment research, portfolio management, and investment decision-making. I am hopeful it will further career exploration in the financial services industry." 

About Huntington University:
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering award-winning graduate, undergraduate and online programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Founded in Huntington, Indiana, in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University has over a century of experience educating graduates who are ready to impact the world for Christ through scholarship and service. The nonprofit university’s locations include the original home campus and the UB Launch in Huntington, a doctoral program in occupational therapy and an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and an undergraduate and doctoral program location in Peoria, Arizona. Huntington University’s home campus offers 18 official men’s and women’s athletic programs, and the university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Pictured: Dr. Brock Zehr, associate professor of business, Mr. Jim Brennan, brother of J.T. Brennan and representative of the estate, Dr. Ann McPherren, professor of business, and Mr. Jim O’Donnell, emeriti professor of business.