North Central College - Naperville, IL

Life Trustee William Abe honored by the Council of Independent Colleges

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William Abe
William Abe

North Central College Life Trustee William Abe of Naperville, a 1950 alumnus of the College, was honored by the Council of Independent Colleges with its 2011 Outstanding Service Award during the organization’s annual State Fund Members Conference on May 3.

Abe’s career in financial management and consulting spanned 58 years. He rose to the top of his profession with two of the largest brokerage firms in the country, Gruntal & Company and its merger partner, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Abe for “his exceptional leadership and unselfish service to the State Fund Members and his abiding commitment to advancing the independent higher education sector,” said former State Fund Board Chair Jim Austgen.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society.