(The following words are taken from Dr. George Kottemann's introduction of Bob Clary on the evening of November 9. Dr. Kottemann is Chairman of the UI Foundation Presidents Council.)
Bob Clary of Bloomington, Illinois is a graduate of the UIS College of Business Administration, earning his Master's in Business Administration in 1985.
Today, Mr. Clary enjoys a successful career at State Farm Insurance, serving as the manager of the company’s systems department. State Farm Insurance is ranked number 43 on the Fortune 500 list and is the largest provider of car insurance in the United States.
Mr. Clary has been a true champion and advocate for UIS, particularly through his professional role at State Farm.
In 2005, Bob began reconnecting with the UIS department of computer science in his capacity within the systems division. He facilitated mutually beneficial meetings and introductions between the two organizations that are now yielding outstanding opportunities for UIS students and faculty.
This partnership has led to State Farm inviting UIS to become only the 18th university nationwide to be one of the corporation’s targeted recruiting schools, a position UIS students benefit from each and every year.
Additionally, Bob has guided UIS in the grant application process at State Farm resulting in more than $100,000 in support to the Department of Computer Science, making it one of this campus’ most generous and active corporate partners.
Mr. Clary’s role does not just end there, though—he has spent many hours volunteering his own time and energy, from mentoring current students to offering advice and insight to UIS faculty and staff, from giving of his own financial resources to manning the State Farm booth at campus career fairs.
Mr. Clary has been a champion for UIS and his efforts, both indirectly and directly, have provided private support to UIS that truly makes a difference in the lives of countless others.