President Jim Collins (’84) announced today that William “Bill” (’64) Lynch has designated Loras College as the recipient of the William T. Lynch/Pella Corporation Scholarship.
In recognition for his outstanding board service, the Pella Corporation Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Pella Rolscreen Foundation, agreed to fund the educational institution of his choice. Bill Lynch selected Loras College. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually for 10 years to a deserving Loras student.
Bill Lynch is a steering committee member of the $75 million Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy
campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the 175-year history of the college. Launched on October 10, 2013, the campaign seeks to raise funds to support student aid and faculty/staff professional development in addition to building upon the launch of the MBA program and business analytics curricular focus.
Bill graduated from Loras College in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned his MBA from University of Iowa two years later. He began his career at Leo Burnett Advertising as a trainee and media buyer and moved through the ranks to become President and CEO of both Leo Burnett Company, Inc. and Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. After a successful 31 years in advertising with one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, Bill retired in 1997 to assist numerous business, civic and charitable organization in the Chicagoland area including The Big Shoulders Fund.
Bill received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievements and Contributions made to Loras College in 1992 and served on the Loras Board of Regents from 1993-2003. He chaired the Belief Unfolding campaign and funded a portion of the Lynch McCarthy Apartment Complex on campus. Bill lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Prospect Heights, Ill. Their daughters Kelly and Maureen both graduated from Loras; Kelly in 1988 with a degree in marketing and English literature and Maureen in 1989 with a degree in business.