Retired Accounting Professor Inspires $1M in Giving

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel higher education reporter Karen Herzog recently authored a story on Emeritus Professor of Accounting Jerry Leer’s continuing impact on students, even 34 years post-retirement.  

“Great college professors inspire students by setting the bar high, and helping them realize their potential.

Not many professors inspire $1 million in giving because their former students never forgot what they did for them.

Meet University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Jerry Leer, who at age 97 is still the warmly engaging man his former students remember from the classroom. He retired from UWM in 1983 after teaching accounting there for 37 years.

In the 34 years since his retirement, former students and their friends — retired now, too — have raised $1,026,000 toward full-tuition scholarships for 175 top accounting students in Leer’s honor. The endowment is still going strong………..” [click here to see the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article]