Making a Difference


Arthur Andersen Alumni Professorship
in Accountancy

Bailey Memorial Chair in Finance

Harry J. Brandt Distinguished Professorship
in Finance

John C. Brogan Professorship in Insurance

Commerce Distinguished Alumni
Professorship (2)

Deloitte & Touche Professorship in

Distinguished Professorship in Industrial
Distribution Management

Ernst & Young Distinguished
Professorship in Accountancy

Robert C. Evans Chair in Commerce

Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Distinguished
Chair in Corporate Finance

Harry J. Gray Professorship in Executive

Leonard C. and Mary Lou Hoeft Endowed
Chair in Commerce and Business Administration

Investors in Business Education
Distinguished Professorship (3)

Investors in Business Education
Distinguished Service Chair

Irwin Jecha Distinguished Professorship
in Accountancy

J.M. Jones Distinguished Professorship
in Marketing

William G. Karnes Professorship in Mergers
and Acquisitions

William S. Kinkead Distinguished
Professorship in Economics

KPMG Peat Marwick Distinguished
Professorship in Accountancy

A.C. Littleton Distinguished Professorship
in Accountancy

William B. McKinley Professorship
in Economics

Office of Real Estate Research Professorship

Price Waterhouse Professorship in

H.T. Scovill Professorship in Accountancy

C. Clinton Spivey Distinguished Professorship

Walter H. Stellner Professorship in Marketing

Grant Thornton Associate Professorship in

James F. Towey Distinguished
Professorship in Strategic Management


Anonymous (four chairs)

Caterpillar Distinguished Chair in
Accountancy and Business Administration
(Pledged over a five-year period)

Steven J. and Janet L Bowsher Professorship

Thomas Gilroy Chair


It is with pride and gratitude that we acknowledge this year's contributions, from the alumni, friends, and benefactors. Without you, the superior education and innovative programs offered by the College of Commerce and Business Administration would not be possible. In the pages that follow are not only many different names, but many different kinds of gifts as well.


CBA HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE THE BENEFICIARY OF GIFTS OF TIME AND EXPERTISE, as well as the financial contributions so essential to our continued excellence. There are, in other words, many forms that giving can take. There are outright gifts, such as the extraordinarily generous one from Al and Jane Wohlers to refurbish Commerce West. There are bequests, like one that recently passed to UIUC from the estate of Anna Lou Johnston Roth. Annuities, such as those given by Bob and Helen Parker Seass which allow the donors to enjoy substantial tax benefits and a secure income, while creating an endowment that benefits the college during their lifetime.

Gifts may be made in cash form, or through transfers of stock or securities. Gifts usually come from individuals and families and may be supplemented by matching contributions from a donor's place of business. Challenge grants can endow a fund raising effort with critical momentum. One such challenge, posed by three of our alumni, helped us to meet our Annual Fund goal for FY 98. Other challenges have been posed by the Currier and Zimmerman gifts.

Your gifts can also be used in many ways. Endowments fund chairs and professorships (Vernon Zimmerman), and give faculty support (Douglas and Linda Mills, Bob and Helen Seass). They support graduate students (Paul Boltz, Fred Currier) and research centers (Vernon Zimmerman). They make possible scholarships for deserving students (Anna Lou Johnston Roth, Dawn and David Lehmann). Outright gifts can be applied to special projects and improvements, such as the refurbishment of Com West (Al and Jane Wohlers) or a state-of-the-art classroom (Betsy Purvin). And gifts can also be designated as unrestricted funds, to be used at the discretion of the college administration. Such funds go to support worthy programs and projects, from faculty research, scholarships, and fellowships to outreach activities and even emergency loans to students in crisis. One source of unrestricted funds — an extremely fruitful and generous one for our institution — is Investors in Business Education, which currently supports four professorships. The David Kinley Society too continues as a cornerstone of the Annual Fund. And matching contributions from employers provide an important source of revenue.

Finally there are gifts of time. Many alumni and friends serve Commerce as members of organizations that work ceaselessly to support the university and the college. Such commitments range from membership in the UIUC Foundation or serving as a National Advocate, to joining Commerce Alumni organizations and research and departmental advisory boards. Your involvement provides critical input as Commerce meets the challenges of an ever-changing business environment.

At the beginning of FY 98, Michael Fayhee ('70), Alan Johnson ('57, '58), and Robert Levin ('74) issued a challenge. They announced that they would match all new gifts, and increases over previous gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $75,000. Thanks to that challenge, we have topped $1 million in our Annual Fund.



To all who have given in FY98

we again say: Thank You.

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