Many Wisconsin bankers today were either taught banking by UW Madison Puelicher Center Director Jim Johannes as a result of their undergraduate education at UW Madison, or through their attendance at the Graduate School of Banking – Madison. Professor Johannes is a highly regarded banking expert who joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 1983 and has led the Puelicher Center since its inception in 1995. WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels is a member of the Puelicher Center Board, along with several current and former Wisconsin bankers. Together, the Puelicher Center Board is seeking to raise $1 million to endow a directorship at UW Madison in honor of Professor Johannes.

During his tenure, Professor Johannes developed a comprehensive banking curriculum for students, taught countless graduates, and developed and cultivated important industry connections that the Center still maintains today. Please consider making a contribution individually or on behalf of your bank. Instructions on how to contribute can be found below. Funding from the Directorship will help the Center recruit leadership who can identify career development opportunities for students, build strong industry connections for students, and provide the industry with cutting-edge, applicable research. Please join us in this effort to establish the James M. Johannes Endowed Directorship for Banking Education and help strengthen the impact that the Puelicher Center can have on banking education here in Wisconsin and nationwide. If you have any questions on this Directorship, please contact WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels via email or 608-441-1205. 


How to make a contribution:

  • Please make checks payable to: UW Foundation (Tax ID: 39-0743975)
    • Please indicate either the fund name or number in the memo or supporting documentation.
      • Fund Name: James J. Johannes Director’s Fund 
      • Fund Number: 132170066
  • Mail checks to: Rachel Lionberg, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726
  • For any Credit Card gifts, or questions about how to make a gift via wire transfer for gift of stock, please contact Martha Scales via email or (608) 308-5327.