Philanthropists of the Year Award

Annette and Leo Beus are longtime supporters of ASU, generating a lasting impact through a series of philanthropic investments.  They have enriched a range of units and programs through their generosity, including research, student scholarships, service groups, a teaching award and an endowed chair, and Sun Devil Athletics.

 

Annette and Leo Beus are longtime supporters of ASU, generating a lasting impact through a series of philanthropic investments. Most recently, they gifted $10 million to enable the completion of the Beus Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser Lab in ASU’s Biodesign Institute, which will greatly expand the impact of X-ray science.

The Beuses’ relationship with ASU blossomed when Leo Beus was called on to serve as bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward at the LDS Institute at ASU. It was during this time the Beuses recognized how students’ lives were being transformed at the university, which inspired their first gift to ASU: The Beus Family New American University Scholarship is awarded annually to 12 STEM scholars.

The Beuses are strong advocates of equal access to higher education and recognize ASU’s extraordinary value to the community, reflected in their generosity. They have enriched a range of ASU programs, including service groups, a teaching award and an endowed chair, and Sun Devil Athletics. In 2014, they gave $10 million to the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law when it moved to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The Beus Center for Law and Society now houses the law school.

Leo Beus has practiced law in the Valley for more than 48 years and is the co-founder of Beus Gilbert McGroder PLLC. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Annette Beus is a graduate of the University of Utah. They raised their four children in the Valley.