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Paul and Colleen Kendle

Helping Students Now and in the Future

From the moment they moved to the Green Bay area, UW-Green Bay helped Paul and Colleen Kendle build their future, and now they hope to help students build a better future for themselves.

Paul retired not long ago as market president of Wells Fargo Bank. He and Colleen live in Suamico, Wis. just outside of Green Bay. Avid fans of Green Bay basketball, it was Paul’s connection with UW-Green Bay’s former Founder’s Association, in particular, that helped them find their place in Green Bay.

“We came here in the early 90s and didn’t know anyone in the area, “Kendle said. “Through the Founders Association I was able to establish connections and get settled in the community.” Having served on the Founds board from 1995-2011, and two terms as its President, the Kendles have made a financial contribution every year to the University. When approached about establishing an endowed scholarship, they felt it would be an opportunity to give back to the University that welcomed them to the community…And it would be an opportunity to help students get the education they need to succeed.

“Since moving here, I’ve done anything I could to train students,” Paul said. “Having an educated workforce is critical to our success as a country. We need young people to be educated. There are so few opportunities for students without an education to make a living wage.”

To reinforce their commitment to higher education, Paul and Colleen have made a legacy gift commitment to UW-Green Bay’s planned giving Niagara Society.