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Stritch announces $2.5 million gift to support students, academic programs and activities

Ted and Mary Kellner

Ted and Mary Kellner, respected leaders in the Milwaukee business and philanthropic communities, announced a $2.5 million gift on December 12, 2019, to support Cardinal Stritch University, its students, academic programs and activities.

Mary Kellner earned an Ed.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Stritch in 2007. She has served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and is a member of the College of Education and Leadership Advisory Council. Mary and her daughter, Dr. Kristin Schultz, ’13, who earned a Ph.D. in Leadership with a focus on Clinical Depression and Meaning Making, are the first mother-daughter doctoral degree recipients in Stritch history.

Ted Kellner is Chairman and CEO of T&M Partners, a holding company for personal investments. In 1980, Ted co-founded Fiduciary Management, Inc., a $24 billion money management firm headquartered in Milwaukee. In 1984, he cofounded Fiduciary Real Estate Development, a real estate firm that today oversees $1.4 billion in assets. He continues to serve as Executive Chairman of Fiduciary Real Estate Development. In addition to his professional work, Ted has long served as a philanthropic leader in the state of Wisconsin. He continues to serve on the boards of Children’s Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the UW Foundation. Mary and Ted’s generosity over the years has often focused on enhancing opportunities for those pursuing their educational dreams – from grade school through graduate and professional programs.

“I have seen firsthand the transformational work that happens every day at Stritch, through my own doctoral education and that of my daughter, Kristin; work with the Literacy Center; and my service on the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Mary Kellner.

“Stritch has long played a leadership role in the greater Milwaukee community in the preparation of leaders across many fields and professions, including Mary and Kristin,” said Ted Kellner. “As we address the needs of the 21st century employers, Stritch will be an integral community partner in the preparation of those who will make an impact in the communities where they live, work and lead.”

Media coverage of gift announcement

Milwaukee Business Journal

Ted and Mary Kellner donate $2.5 million to Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee Independent

Cardinal Stritch receives $2.5M gift to help support students and academic programs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ted and Mary Kellner give $2.5 million to Cardinal Stritch to support students and programs

BizTimes Milwaukee

Ted and Mary Kellner donate $2.5 million to Cardinal Stritch