The University of Wisconsin, Madison has announced a $25 million gift from alumni Ted and Mary Kellner for athletic and academic initiatives and other university priorities.
Over the past several years, the Kellners, who are co-chairing the university's $3.2 billion All Ways Forward, have provided support for a variety of initiatives at UW–Madison, including athletic scholarships and facilities, programs in education and business, general scholarship support, and an unrestricted gift to the Wisconsin School of Business that preserved its name. The couple's latest gift will continue to support many of these areas as well as other university priorities.
Mary Kellner earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW–Madison in 1968, a master's in guidance and counseling from UW–Milwaukee in 1978, and a doctorate in education from Cardinal Stritch University in 2007. A former teacher, guidance counselor, and coordinator of school-based drug and alcohol abuse-prevention programs, she is involved in numerous initiatives aimed at reducing the achievement gap for youth in Milwaukee-area schools. She also served as president of the Kelben Foundation, which the Kellners founded in 1983.
Ted Kellner earned a bachelor's degree in business from UW–Madison in 1969. He is a co-founder and former chair and CEO of Fiduciary Management, Inc. and has served UW–Madison in different capacities over the years, including board chair of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, and president of the Wisconsin School of Business Board of Visitors.
"All of us here at the UW are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Kellner family, who have given so much to so many areas of our university," said UW–Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank. "This gift continues the tradition of providing support to key programs that help us serve students better."