Outstanding Advocate Leadership Award

Mark & Julie Staley

William E. Winter, Outstanding Advocate

In 1990, the University of Illinois Foundation recognized the many contributions of William E. Winter with an award named in his honor: The William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership. The award recognizes individuals outside of the University structure who play active roles in securing private support for the University of Illinois.

William E. Winter, who passed away in March 2016, became a director of the University of Illinois Foundation in 1984. His many acts of service for the Foundation included heading up the volunteer component of the University’s first major campaign in the early 80s.

Bill earned an A.B. in the general curriculum with a concentration in economics from the University of Illinois Urbana in 1942. He went to work for the St. Louis, Missouri-based 7Up® Company (now a subsidiary of Cadbury Beverages, Inc.) in April 1946. His career in the soft drink industry spanned 55 years.

2021 Recipients of the Winter Award

Mark and Julie Staley believe in the power of education and have embodied this through their involvement with and support of UIS. We are honored to have them as recipients of the 2021 William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership. Watch a recording of the awards program and special interview with the couple on-demand.

Past Recipients of the William E. Winter Award