The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced in a news release that a $5.5 million gift from the family of the late Fort Howard Paper Co. founder Austin E. Cofrin will result in creation of the University’s second fully endowed chair, a permanent endowment to fund academic enhancements, and a new name for the school’s business program. It is the largest academic gift in school history.
The gift honors the memory of the late Austin E. Cofrin (1883-1980). The elder Cofrin used a commitment to innovation, efficiency and hard work to turn what in 1919 was a small mill on the west shore of the Fox River into a world leader in the paper products industry. University officials say it is fitting that the school’s business program will have a direct link to one of America’s great 20th century entreprenuers.
The historic archives of the Fort Howard Co. are housed in the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s university library. The following are examples from that collection. Click on photos below to enter slideshow view.