Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has announced a $5.5 million gift from the estate of alumnus Bill Yersin ('63).
The single largest gift in the university's history will support the school's business program and establish the William B. Yersin Endowed Professor of Applied Business Analytics as well as two new scholarship programs, the Yersin Business Scholars program and the William B. Yersin Full Tuition Endowed Scholarship Fund. A smaller portion of the gift will help support the Adolph G. Yersin Full Tuition Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was created in 2006 by Bill Yersin and his mother and named in honor of Yersin's father, while the remainder of the gift is unrestricted and will support the university's strategic plan.
Yersin graduated in 1963 from what was then Carroll College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternities and a varsity letter-winner in wrestling, he passed away in 2017 at the age of 76.
"Bill really cared about our students. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting them, and it gave him great joy," said Stephen Kuhn, the university's vice president for institutional advancement. "He visited campus at least once a year to meet with his scholarship recipients. He loved Carroll."