When it comes to community involvement, not many match up to the dedication of Mark Casper. As a lifelong resident of Superior, Casper has been served for the Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and the Superior Rotary Club. He has also been a part of fundraising events for organizations from CASDA to Fairlawn Museums to the Minnesota Ballet. So there’s little surprise he goes above and beyond for UW-Superior.
“We are very much an organization that likes to give back to the community,” says Casper, who is the owner of Keyport Liquor Store, Restaurant & Lounge in Superior.
Casper’s dedicated involvement began nearly 20 years ago when the UW-Superior Alumni Association asked for his assistance with a wine tasting event. From that, he soon joined the Foundation Board where he was a member for nine years and served three terms.
His ability to see the community both as an alumni and a business owner has afforded Casper a unique perspective to the changes UW-Superior has encountered.
“I’ve lived in Superior all my life,” he said. “Back in the 50s and 60s, the university was more of an island and didn’t seem to have a lot of interface with the business community or the community itself. Where that change really became dramatic was when Chancellor Julius Erlenbach took over and his involvement in the city and vice versa. The business community and city’s involvement with the university really blossomed at that time.”
That connection to the community is something Casper has seen steadily increasing and hopes the climb will continue for a long time.
“Chancellor Wachter has managed to continue that and take that to another level,” he said. “At this point, the association between the university and the business community and the general public in Superior, I think, is just absolutely tremendous as to what the university can offer to the public as far as entertainment with the plays and music that they have and work that they’re willing to do and studies that they do with the city to help promote from both the economic and arts position.”
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