Paul Schierl, retired CEO of Fort Howard, inductee in 1996 to the Phoenix Hall of Fame for meritorious achievement, and longtime friend of the campus community, passed away this week. Former Phoenix Athletic Director Daniel Spielmann said that Schierl’s gifts to UW-Green Bay came during times of critical need — as the University began its fledgling athletic program in the 1970s and during the transition to Division I in the early ’80s. Schierl provided philanthropic support for the benefit of student athletes in many sports. He gave crucial leadership to the growth of Phoenix soccer and the development of Phoenix Field, later re-named Aldo Santaga Stadium.
He was a member of the Founders Association Board of Directors in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He and his wife, Carol, were donors to many areas throughout campus including the Weidner Center, Phoenix Fund and Phuture Phoenix. Cotter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Fox 11 posted a short story about his life and legacy.
The photo above was taken in September 2011 at the program for the acquisition of the Fort Howard Paper Company Records as well as the receipt from Georgia Pacific for a contribution of $30,000 to be used for the Phoenix window in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. In the photo (left to right), are Dr. David A Cofrin, Don DeMeuse, Michael Riordan and Paul Schierl.
Photos courtesy of University Archives.