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Arizona Board of Regents
2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Katie Paquet
620.229.2543, 480.766.6553

Arizona Board of Regents Recognizes Stevie and Karl Eller for Outstanding Service to Higher Education in Arizona

February 22, 2011 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) honored Stevie and Karl Eller with the Regents’ Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education at a dinner reception held last Thursday.

The award was established in 1996 to provide special recognition for Arizona citizens and/or organizations that provide exceptional service to higher education in Arizona. Current and former Regents contribute to a fund to cover the cost of designing, sculpting and casting a suitable art object to present to the recipients.

Stevie and Karl Eller with UA President Robert Shelton
Stevie and Karl Eller with UA president Robert
Shelton (center).

Photo courtesy Arizona Board of Regents.

“Stevie and Karl Eller join the ranks of a distinguished group of individuals who have received this award,” commented Regent LuAnn Leonard, who introduced the honorees at last night’s event. “Their contributions have helped advance higher education in Arizona and have benefitted students in myriad ways.”

University of Arizona President Robert Shelton added his praise for the honorees. “To say this recognition is well-deserved would be a massive understatement,” Shelton said. “Stevie and Karl Eller’s commitment to the University of Arizona and higher education is legendary, and their work has impacted many thousands of students.”

Mr. and Mrs. Eller have demonstrated their lifelong commitment to higher education through deep investments in the University of Arizona, from which they both graduated in the 1950s. Their generosity of time and resources exemplifies what concerned and dedicated private individuals can do to enhance higher education opportunities for residents across the state of Arizona.

For over 25 years, Karl Eller has been instrumental in enhancing the development and growth of the college now known as the Eller College of Management. In addition to the millions of dollars the Ellers have provided to support the College’s programs, Karl Eller has served on the judging panel of the annual business plans competition since its inception in 1985 and solicits the participation of the Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence each year.

Stevie Eller is also involved with the Eller College of Management, including the annual presentation of the Stevie Eller Enterprise Creation Awards, scholarships given to undergraduate and graduate MBA students who have excelled academically and who show promise as future entrepreneurs and community leaders. Eller’s love of dance, which was fostered as a member of Orchesis while a student at the UA, prompted her to become a lead supporter of the UA’s School of Dance. This support resulted in her gift that helped create the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2003.

This year’s honorees also included Bruce and Robert Crozier of Flagstaff, Stephen Evans of Phoenix, and the Arizona Students’ Association.

Previous award winners:

  • 1996 The Flinn Foundation, Jim Click
  • 1997 Phelps Dodge Corporation, Robert and Katherine Herberger
  • 1998 Frances McAllister, Donald Soldwedel
  • 1999 Raytheon Systems Company, Roy Drachman
  • 2000 Ed and Nadine Carson, Dick and Dinky Snell
  • 2002 Jerry Colangelo, Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance
  • 2003 The Honorable Clinton Pattea, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  • 2004 Don Budinger, Louise Solheim, APS/Pinnacle West
  • 2005 Christopher Bavasi, James Rogers, the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust
  • 2006 Mary Lou and Ira Fulton, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Robert Wick
  • 2007 Craig and Barbara Barrett, Dorothy Hunt Finley, June Morrison and the late Marvin Morrison
  • 2009 Joseph and Marie Rolle, Sarah Smallhouse, Craig and Connie Weatherup
  • 2010 Marion and the late Harold Elliott, Bruce and Diane Halle, Selma Paul Marks


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