Hanover College announces the establishment of the new Mike and Judy Zeddies Endowed Chair in Economics. The endowed chair will recognize an outstanding teacher-scholar in the department.

In appreciation of what the Hanover experience has meant to his life, Zeddies and his wife, Judy, have made a financial commitment to fund a chair for the College’s economics department through a permanent endowment.

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“Mike’s long leadership as a trustee and donor to his alma mater has been incredible, and the Zeddies Chair demonstrates again his and Judy’s commitment to excellence and the very best opportunities for Hanover students,” said Lake Lambert, president of the College.

Zeddies, 1977 Hanover graduate, is a retired business executive and former president and owner of Midland Marketing, Inc., in Northfield, Ill.

More than 40 years after his graduation, Zeddies continues to praise his Hanover education and the impact of the College’s engaged faculty on his life.

“Hanover really went a long way toward shaping me as a mature young adult,” said Zeddies. “I came from a high school where my graduating class was the size of Hanover in its entirety. In order to grow, I needed to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.”

“Because I happened to really enjoy the material within the department and my close relationship with [Professor Emeritus] Paul Blume,” he continued, “that’s why I am endowing this chair in the economics department.”

The endowed chair will reward a highly-accomplished faculty member in economics. Hanover’s appointment to the position will be determined prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

“Economics is one of the top-10 majors at Hanover and continues to grow,” noted Steve Jobe, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. “The Zeddies’ commitment is recognition of the vitality of the department and a tremendous honor.”