Celebrating the Largest Gift in UNI History!

Single largest gift in UNI history ushers in new era of education

Established first named college expands ethics education, integrity and innovation across campus

A historic gift to the University of Northern Iowa will mark a new chapter in the university’s renowned business college. David Wilson, a 1970 graduate of UNI, has pledged a $25 million donation that will chart a bold path for the future of the College of Business, fueling strategic initiatives and investing in faculty and students. The $25 million donation is the largest single gift in the history of the University of Northern Iowa.

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Wilson College of Business

Introducing the first named college at UNI, David W. Wilson College of Business.

In honor of the gift, the business college, upon Board of Regents approval, will henceforth be known as the David W. Wilson College of Business, the first named college at the University of Northern Iowa. The contribution establishes the Wilson Endowment for Integrity and Excellence to advance business ethics education and ensure graduates continue to thrive and lead in a rapidly changing business landscape.

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Doing well by doing good

David W. Wilson

Wilson considers his story to be emblematic of the American Dream. Through sheer determination and a belief in doing business the right way, he rose from a small-town Iowa kid to become chairman and CEO of Wilson Automotive, one of the country's largest privately held auto dealerships.

A bold future for business education

A bold future for business education

The $25 million donation represents a new era for the College of Business, building on its rich history of excellence. We're expanding our support of academic programs and faculty, renewing our investment in the people and programs that support student success at UNI and beyond, with an eye to the next generation. We are excited to embrace a new era of education, the future is filled with promise. This gift is guiding the way toward a brighter tomorrow.

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Building the UNI tomorrow needs

Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of more than 27,000 alumni and friends, the University of Northern Iowa has a brighter tomorrow. One year after launching the Our Tomorrow campaign, $243 million has been raised to support the people, programs and places that make UNI home. The most ambitious campaign in university’s history is ensuring the promise and power of a UNI education for generations to come. Join the Panther family in strengthening our campus for generations to come. 

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Tomorrow begins now

David's Challenge

David Wilson was inspired by the more than 27,000 alumni and friends who donated. To encourage others, he made his gift a challenge donation in hopes that others would step up and show their commitment to the students of today as well as those of tomorrow. He hopes his gift will inspire you to become part of Our Tomorrow.

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