Greg Staat

Greg Staat

Greg Staat pictured in the 1974 La Crosse yearbook. Image courtesy Murphy Library, Special Collections, UWL.

At UWL in the early '70s, Gregory Staat developed life goals, perspective and preparation for a career in the computer industry's early years. He graduated in three years in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in business administration and computer science.

That's why Greg, a successful IT professional turned entrepreneur, decided to give back to UWL with an estate gift.

Like Greg, you can provide opportunities for UWL students through an estate gift. He and his wife, Carolyn, set up The Gregory A. Staat Endowed Scholarship Fund that will provide scholarships to future UWL computer science majors.

Greg came to campus as a recent veteran of the U.S. Air Force with experience working with early computers on classified military projects. Those computers were very large—filled with vacuum tubes and housed within large buildings. His military experience and encouragement from UWL professors led him to use his degree to enter the business world where computers were becoming smaller, faster and more accurate—providing great career opportunities.

"The first five years out of college, I saw a rapid career advancement," says Greg, '74, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "My UWL education along with my extracurricular activities provided the right career foundation."

Like Greg, you can provide opportunities for UWL students through a future gift. To learn more, contact Jackie Jensen-Utz at 608.785.5325 or