$100,000 - Bill and Dian Taylor March 2012
PHOTO: William and Dian Taylor (right) with IVCC
Director of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley (left) and IVCC
President Jerry Corcoran at the Taylor’s Winnetka home.
alumni couple from Winnetka has pledged $100,000 toward Illinois Valley
Community College’s capital campaign for enhancement within the Peter Miller
Community Technology Center.
a result of their multi-year pledge, IVCC will name its new counseling and
admissions area within the CTC “The William and Dian Taylor Student Development
Bill and Dian Taylor,
graduates of IVCC predecessor La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, have been
among the IVCC Foundation’s most generous contributors.
“This is another example of
Bill and Dian demonstrating remarkable leadership,” said IVCC President Jerry
Corcoran. “Once again, they’ve invested their hard earned financial resources
to provide opportunity for others.”
Taylor said of the gift, “It is important to us that today’s Illinois Valley
students receive individualized career counseling that is integrated
with their chosen transfer institution in an effective 21st century
The Student Development Commons,
located on two stories on the west end of the 80,000-square-foot technology
center, will be home to counseling, career services and Project Success, as
well as admissions, records and registration, financial aid and the cashier.
New to the Commons will be a dedicated resource center providing
high-tech resources for students and counselors such as E-Advising, College
Scheduler, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), recruitment management
software and a portal to allow mobile communication between the college and
“The generosity of the Taylors is amazing and will allow us to make
significant enhancements to the student experience in the Counseling Center,
Career Services and Project Success programs,” said Tracy Morris, Associate Vice
President for Student Services.
“We will be able to provide students with the latest technology to
assist with career planning, course planning, and communication with transfer
institutions to create a smoother transition to the four-year colleges,” Morris
Director of Community
Relations and Development Fran Brolley said the Taylors have provided
significant support to IVCC and its students since Bill retired as a senior
partner with Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte in 2005.
“To IVCC, the Taylor’s are
once-in-a-generation donors,” said Brolley. “They’re not interested in
recognition. What they’re passionate about, what they love to see, is the
students they’ve invested in succeeding.”
Each year, the Taylors
provide a full-tuition scholarship to an IVCC accounting student transferring
to Northern Illinois University to study accounting. The award is worth up to
$25,000 to each student.
They also provide
$10,000 annually to IVCC for 10 scholarships. This year alone, the Taylors are
supporting 15 current and former IVCC students at IVCC and NIU. In addition, they
provided seed money to create the alumni coordinator position at IVCC and are
charter members of the Foundation’s 21st Century Scholars Society.