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William E. Winter: Leader, Volunteer, Advocate

Wbesite news--Sandra Huxtable, Elizabeth Kesinger, Pam McClelland, Elizabeth Janeteas--McClelland Scholarship Above: Pamela McClelland (third from left) with 2014-15 scholarship recipients Sandra Huxtable, Elizabeth Kesinger and Elizabeth Janeteas

Pamela McClelland received 2015 William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership at UIS

William E. Winter, CEO Emeritus of the 7-Up Company and a longtime member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors, headed the volunteer component of the University’s first major campaign in the early 1980s. He became a director of the U of I Foundation in 1984 and is currently a life director. In 1990 the Foundation established the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership in Bill’s honor.

Pamela McClelland BA ’90, MA ’95, this year’s recipient of the Winter Award, is a retired partner of Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP. Pam came to the university as a single mother in her forties. She enrolled at UIS not for a degree but merely to refresh her bookkeeping skills. With encouragement from accountancy professors like Don Stanhope, Pam soared and before long, graduated with highest honors. Then she not only passed the certified public accountant exam but won the Elijah Watts Sells Award, bestowed on the very few students students who score above 95.5% on all four sections of the exam.

Pam joined Kerber, Eck & Braekel (KEB), one of Springfield’s top accounting firms. On the way to becoming a partner, she added a master’s degree from UIS and became one of UIS’ best advocates. She has been instrumental in bringing many scholarships to UIS, including the Donald F. Stanhope Alumni Scholarship, the Leona Vollintine Accounting Scholarship in Honor of Donald Stanhope, the Leona Stanford Vollintine Scholarship, the KEB Accountancy Scholarship, and her own scholarship, the Pam McClelland Accountancy Scholarship.

In addition to advocacy for scholarships, Pam has been an active volunteer on campus. In 1999, she received the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) Loyalty Award, and in 2004, she became the first to receive the UIAA Distinguished Service Award. She is currently vice-chairman of the UIS Campus Alumni Advisory Board (CAAB).

Pam received her award at the UIS Celebration of Philanthropy on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Recent UIS Awardees

William E. Winter, A Strong Advocate for the University of Illinois

William E. Winter, whom the award honors, was CEO Emeritus of the 7-Up Company and a longtime member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors. He headed the volunteer component of the University’s first major campaign in the early 1980’s.

The University of Illinois Foundation recognized his many contributions with this award named in his honer: the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership.

The purpose of the award, now in its 21st year, is to recognize individuals outside of the University structure who play active roles in securing private support for the University of Illinois.

A Brief Biography

Bill earned an A.B. in the general curriculum with a concentration in economics from UIUC in 1942. Bill is chairman emeritus and a consultant for the St. Louis, Missouri-based Seven Up Company, now a subsidiary of Cadbury Beverages, Inc.

He went to work for Seven Up in April 1946 and his career in the soft drink industry spanned 55 years. He retired in 1981. Bill has been a director for the First National Bank of St. Louis, the Centerre Bank of St. Louis, the Cardinal Ritter Institute, and the Bank Building and Equipment Corporation.

Bill has been active in community and civic organizations in the St. Louis area for many years and has been a key volunteer on the national level for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Bill became a director of the U of I Foundation in 1984 and is currently a life director. In 1990 the Foundation established the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership in Bill’s honor.

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