[Left] President Ferry [Right] Dr. Sem[Left] President Ferry [Right] Dr. Sem

Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) announced today that the School of Business Administration has been renamed the Batterman School of Business, in honor of Theodore W. Batterman, president and CEO (retired) from Spacesaver Corp., who served three terms on the Concordia Board of Regents and presently serves on the CUW Foundation Board. Concordia president, the Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D, made this announcement at a stakeholder business roundtable event hosted by the University.

Batterman is a Wisconsin entrepreneur and innovator who has been focused on sustainability and conservation practices. In 1972 he organized Spacesaver, Inc. a high-density mobile storage and shelving company in Fort Atkinson, Wis.  By 1998, Spacesaver, Inc. had evolved into an employee-owned, global company based in Green Bay, Wis. Throughout his leadership, Batterman is known for maintaining high ethical standards and creating a culture of innovation.

Renaming the school is an honor that the University bestowed upon Batterman in recognition of his longtime support of Concordia University both personally and through his family’s foundation. His most recent significant commitment in support of a proposed new academic collaboration building project with a portion set aside for endowments.

According to Ferry, We are grateful for business leaders like Ted Batterman who stepped up early in our campaign and pledged their support for the new building that will house our School of Business.  His contribution will truly enable us to empower the next generation of Christ-centered, ethical business leaders.”

Ferry continued, For that reason, and to recognize Ted’s lifetime of giving to Concordia, we are delighted to rename our school the Batterman School of Business. His impact on students, through the building he is helping us to create, and through his example, will be felt for generations to come.”

In keeping with the example set by Batterman and the Wisconsin company he founded, the building will have a theme of Wisconsin Entrepreneurs. All major Wisconsin companies will be profiled, telling the stories of the founders and their values, as a way to celebrate past Wisconsin entrepreneurs, and inspire the next generation of ethical business leaders.

The renaming of the School of Business is the important first phase in a larger University academic expansion that will bring more collaborative space and opportunities to students in all areas of study. Further announcements will be released in the upcoming weeks. For more information contact Lisa Liljegren at lisa.liljegren@cuw.edu or 262.243.4474.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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