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Willis J Winn

Willis J. Winn

Former President (1971-1982)

Mr. Winn was born in Plattsburg, Missouri, where his grandfather had been a founder of the First National Bank of Plattsburg. He graduated from Central College in Fayette, Missouri, and received his M.A. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1942, he moved to New York and became a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, later returning to the University of Pennsylvania as an instructor in the Wharton School of Finance. He earned his Ph.D. there in 1951 and was named a professor of finance in 1957. He co-authored several books during those years. From 1955 to 1957, Winn served as vice dean of the Wharton School and was named dean of the school and vice provost of the university in 1958. He saw enrollment double during his tenure there. In Cleveland, Mr. Winn served as a catalyst in bringing community leaders together to discuss the problems facing the city.