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Tiffin University Announces the William F. Hertzer Department of Accounting and Finance

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Mr. William F. Hertzer and his late wife, Jean Grady Hertzer (TU Class of 1956) have given significant gifts to support Tiffin University. The most recent was a $1 million gift to name the Department of Accounting and Finance in his name. Mr. Hertzer is an alumnus, trustee, donor, and Tiffin, Ohio resident.

William F. Hertzer

The William F. Hertzer Department of Accounting and Finance is now a living memorial, perpetuating the Hertzer name and signifying a permanent commitment to quality higher education. It establishes the linkage of Mr. Hertzer with all aspects of the Department’s operations, from every single student interaction to the broadest planning efforts.

Hertzer served in the U.S. Army from 1958-59. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from TU in 1960 and served as an accountant, internal auditor, and inventory control manager for The National Machinery Company for 36 years. He currently serves on TU’s Board of Trustees and has been a long-time member of Tiffin University’s President’s Club. In 2004, Bill and his late wife Jean Grady Hertzer (TU Class of 1956) dedicated the Hertzer Technology Center in memory of their son, William Jr. Mr. Hertzer later added carillon bells located inside of the center’s clock tower in memory of Jean.

TU President Lillian Schumacher said this is the University’s first named department, and she hopes this is the beginning of more to come. “It is great to name a department not only because someone has contributed financially, but because someone like Bill Hertzer has committed so much to TU. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor him and the many contributions he has made to his alma mater.”

“In naming this department Mr. Hertzer is not only ensuring academic excellence in teaching and learning today,” said TU Provost Peter Holbrook, “but he is demonstrating that his investment is truly a gift to the future.”

“Tiffin University has always offered incredible value and I believe did a very good job preparing me for the workforce,” Mr. Hertzer said. “I am pleased to carry on my family’s legacy by continuing my support to a department that has had a significant impact on my life.”

Numerous possibilities exist at Tiffin University for donors interested in having their name associated with the institution and the financial requirements differ university-wide. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mitchell Blonde can assist with the thought process and a formal gift agreement. He can be reached at