Wilson Stories & News

Jenna Meyer

Jenna Meyer awarded inaugural David W. Wilson Scholars Endowed Fund Scholarship, securing full-ride to UNI

The University of Northern Iowa proudly announces Jenna Meyer as the inaugural recipient of the David W. Wilson Scholars Endowed Fund Scholarship.
David and Holly Wilson

Doing well by doing good

The newly named Wilson College of Business at UNI is ushering in a new era of education thanks to the historic $25 million gift from David W. Wilson.
Robert Earle shaking hands with David Wilson

Robert Earle appointed inaugural Wilson Ethics Fellow to boost ethics education at UNI

One of the impacts of David Wilson's historic $25 million donation to UNI is Robert Earle being named the first Wilson Ethics Fellow.
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Students and staff react to David W. Wilson College of Business

David W. Wilson's impactful gift of $25 million to the UNI College of Business will make a difference in the lives of Panthers for years to come.
David and Holly Wilson standing in front of Wilson College of Business sign

Iowa Board of Regents approves the first named college at UNI, the David W. Wilson College of Business

The Iowa Board of Regents has formally approved the first named college at the University of Northern Iowa, the David W. Wilson College of Business. 
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Building the UNI tomorrow needs

In October 2022, the university publicly launched Our Tomorrow: The Campaign for UNI, a comprehensive fundraising campaign seeking to raise $250 million to support student access and success, engaged learning, academic programs and faculty, and iconic spaces.
Wilson College of Business celebrated with applause and confetti

Announcement remarks: David Wilson on his historic $25 million donation to UNI

At an event announcing a historic $25 million donation to the University of Northern Iowa, David Wilson delivered these remarks to the Panther community.
David Wilson delivering remarks at luncheon

Reception speech: Why David Wilson chose to donate $25 million to UNI

At a special luncheon celebrating his historic $25 million donation to UNI, David Wilson explains why this gift is so important to him.
Students studying at UNI

The history of Business at University of Northern Iowa

Business education has a rich history at the University of Northern Iowa that has made it the top-ranked program it is today. Take a journey through some highlights the business program has experienced from its inception at UNI.
David W. Wilson

David Wilson, 1970 UNI graduate and founder of Wilson Automotive

David W. 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 with a lower middle class background to become chairman and CEO of Wilson Automotive, one of the country’s largest privately held auto dealerships.