Thomas More University has announced its first endowed chair, the Wilbert L. and Ellen Hackman Ziegler Chair in the Department of Philosophy.
Zieglers’ contribution to the university is in appreciation of their own education at the institution, then based in Covington and known as Villa Madonna College.
Ellen Ziegler (class of 1970) majored in English and then worked as a clinical psychologist. Wilbert Ziegler (class of 1953) started at Villa Madonna College at the age of 15, majoring in Philosophy and History / Political Science. He has become a leading lawyer in the region.
Philosophy professors “prepared me well for law school,” Ziegler said. “Sister Mary Camilla was my philosophy teacher. And I remember Sister Mary Rosina.
Ziegler recalled fondly these relationships when he returned to the University in 2015 as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also now Honorary Chairman of the Thomas More Second Century campaign.
While Ziegler said that “there are many challenges for Catholic education”, and he commended the university for the way it “has maintained its mission as it has grown and matured” .
The post of President Wilbert L. and Ellen Hackman Ziegler is currently held by the Reverend Monsignor Gerald E. Twaddell, D.Phil.
“The Wilbert L. and Ellen Hackman Ziegler Chair helps us achieve our strategic plan by ensuring that our students continue to engage in philosophy as the foundation of their liberal arts education and that every student has the opportunity to explore. the ultimate meaning of life and their responsibility to others, ”said Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. “This is just one example of how second century campaign contributions are already having a major impact on our students. It’s amazing to see our community coming together to recognize Thomas More as the first Catholic university in the region.
The endowed chair was made possible by a leadership contribution from Ziegler during the silent phase of Thomas More University’s second century fundraising campaign, ahead of its public launch in fall 2021. Thanks to previous endowments, Ziegler has established three scholarship funds to support Thomas More students: the Wilbert L. and Ellen Hackman Ziegler Scholarship Fund is a new opportunity for pre-law students, the Wilbert L. Scholarship Fund and Anna M. Ziegler, in memory of her parents, has helped over 100 students in the decades since its inception, and the Wilbert & Helen Ziegler Scholarship Fund, established with Ziegler’s late wife, is a partnership with the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati intended to encourage graduates of Thomas More to attend the College of Law.