New Endowed Professorship Established
February 15, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University alumnus and benefactor Byron Tucci has established
a new endowed professorship for Illinois Wesleyan University. The gift will be announced
by President Richard F. Wilson on Wednesday at the annual Founders’ Day Convocation.
It is the latest gift in the University’s Transforming Lives capital campaign.
Endowed professorships celebrate the combined talents of professors who excel in teaching
and scholarly activity, said Wilson who added, “Endowments allow our faculty to remain
on the leading edge of their fields and bring new knowledge into the classroom for
Tucci, a 1966 Illinois Wesleyan graduate with a double major in business administration
and economics, said supporting the professors is imperative for the long term health
of universities. “There have been many outstanding people in my life,” said Tucci,
“but the personal contact with the professors at Illinois Wesleyan served as a model
for me that I have drawn upon throughout my life. It afforded me focus, direction,
discipline, and the hard work ethic that led to success in business.” Tucci pointed
to such faculty members as Greg Gardner, a retired accounting professor who took an
interest in him while he attended IWU and he continues the relationship today. “The
professors at Illinois Wesleyan made education personal,” he said.
A managing director of Wells Fargo Advisors in Bloomington, Tucci has been a long-time
supporter of Illinois Wesleyan, serving on the Leadership Giving Board for decades.
He is also a member of the Illinois Wesleyan Associates and the Preston Wood Society
of the University Giving Club.
The new professorship Tucci is establishing is a direct response to the challenge
presented by Honorary Campaign Chairs Chuck and Jay Ames. “I think having quality
faculty attracts quality students. It’s a cycle. You've got to have that quality on
both sides of the spectrum,” said Chuck Ames.
The Byron S. Tucci Professorship brings the number of endowed professorships at Illinois
Wesleyan to 21. The appointment of a faculty member to this professorship will be
made at a later date.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960