Steve Dhein of Green Bay will be presented the Chancellor’s Award, UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, in recognition of his sustained commitment to the University and the region it serves.
Dhein will accept the award from Chancellor Tom Harden during spring 2013 commencement at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
Dhein is chief adviser to the higher-education-friendly 1923 Fund and 1883 Fund charitable trusts. The philanthropic foundations were established by the late Dr. David A. Cofrin, who in the founding documents identified 16 organizations that he considered “particularly deserving,” including UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.
While the funds have provided important support for the University, Dhein also has extended that financial philanthropy to personal involvement. He is an engaged and active presence with UW-Green Bay natural areas, scientific research, the Theatre and Dance program and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, among others.
A native of West Bend, Dhein holds a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from UW-Madison. He worked in computing and technology before being approached by Dr. Cofrin in 2004 to serve as co-adviser of the 1923 Fund. The 1883 Fund was created in 2008, and Dhein became chief adviser of both funds one year later upon the passing of Dr. Cofrin.