Donor profiles - Ruth and Bill Scott & Dr. George Haddix

Donor profiles - Ruth and Bill Scott & Dr. George Haddix

Posted: Wed, Aug 7, 2013

Ruth and Bill Scott

Ruth and Bill Scott are deeply rooted and invested in the Omaha community where they have lived for nearly 55 years. The Scotts have contributed greatly to the city's progress, health and vitality in a quiet but exceptional way.

Their lead gift supporting the redevelopment of Roskens Hall into the new home of the College of Education is significant to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where the majority of teachers in the metropolitan area are educated. The Scotts' investment will benefit generations of future educators and those whose professions are fundamental to the success of the community's citizens.

This gift reflects a personal interest of the Scotts in supporting the teaching profession. Ruth Scott, a former teacher, earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1952. She taught school and later founded the Omaha Bridge Studio where she teaches the game "everyone should play."

Bill Scott is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned a degree from the College of Business Administration in 1953. He joined Buffett Partnership in 1959 and Berkshire Hathaway in 1970 where he remained until the early 1990s.

The Scotts' gift to the Roskens Hall redevelopment project is just one example of their extraordinary commitment to the University of Nebraska. They have supported key projects at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center that have led to the transformation of these campuses.

At UNO these projects have included construction of Mammel Hall, the new home of the College of Business Administration, and the expansion of the former Engineering building into the new home of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Their generosity also has benefited numerous UNO programs such as Project Achieve, an initiative to support first-generation college students, those with limited incomes and students with disabilities.

The Scotts commitment to the University of Nebraska is also visible on the UNMC campus. They have supported major building projects with lead gifts to the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, the College of Nursing Center for Nursing Sciences and the four-season Student Plaza. They also were among the principal benefactors supporting Durham Research Center I and II.

In addition, the Scotts' generosity led to the creation of the Nebraska Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at UNMC and to support for Kevin Garvin, M.D., a leading UNMC physician, in his efforts to create an orthopedic surgery research laboratory at The Peter Kiewit Institute.

The University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Foundation gratefully acknowledge Ruth and Bill Scott for their unparalleled support of the University of Nebraska and their most recent investment in the UNO College of Education and its impact on the Omaha community.

Dr. George Haddix

For George Haddix a project that supports teachers is a truly worthy endeavor. Yet the redevelopment of Roskens Hall into the new home of the College of Education is a project that is especially meaningful to him.

Dr. Haddix's gift to the Roskens Hall project benefits the college where his wife Sally, a longtime teacher, earned a degree in education. Sally Haddix taught elementary school for more than 18 years, devoting 12 of those years to teaching third grade in Springfield, Neb. After retiring from teaching she continued to concentrate on the educational activities of various organizations through board participation and charitable activities. Sally passed away in 2008.

Dr. Haddix is also a graduate of UNO, earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics from then Omaha University in 1962. The Omaha native went on to receive a master's in mathematics from Creighton University in 1966 and a doctorate from Iowa State two years later. He taught briefly at the university level, serving on the faculties of his three alma maters.

In 1969 Dr. Haddix became president and owner of Analytical Consultants, Inc., a company that developed mathematical models of physical and operational systems. When it was sold he remained as president and general manager of the new company, HDR Systems, Inc.

In the following years Dr. Haddix's career continued to flourish. He joined Applied Communications Inc. of Omaha in the early 1980s and served as chairman, CEO and president during his six-year tenure. He led the conversion of ACI from a custom software development company to a product-based company providing high performance transaction processing software to the financial services industry. He took ACI public in 1983.

In the late 1980s Dr. Haddix joined US West Network Systems, Inc. of Bellevue, Wash. As president and CEO he directed the development and packaging of NETCENTER, a network management software system and the sale of the company to IBM. In 1994 he cofounded CSG Systems International and served as president.

In 2000 Dr. Haddix became chairman and CEO of PKWARE, Inc. and PKWARE Holdings, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis., a software company providing data management and security products. He remained with the company until 2009.

Alongside his distinguished career Dr. Haddix has made a significant difference in the community. He remains involved in numerous professional and service organizations and invests generously in the advancement of higher education.

The University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Foundation gratefully recognize Dr. George Haddix for his extraordinary support of the University and the future home of the UNO College of Education.

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I am a graduating law student. I just want Mrs. Schmid (donor to the UNL College of Law) to know that I have used that reading room for many long hours. At times of uncertainty and stress, I have looked out those large windows onto the open space of East Campus and found peace. Thank you for your gift and support of the Law College.
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