Steve and Sue Wilson Give
$1 Million to SESP

Steve and Sue Wilson Give
$1 Million to SESP

Steve and Sue Wilson

The power of a college education is an enduring value for Northwestern alumni Steve and Sue Wilson. To increase the opportunity for talented young people to have a superior college education — the kind they’re proud to have had at Northwestern — they made a gift of $1 million to Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools.

A program of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern, the Academy prepares select high-ability Chicago high school students from Chicago’s neighborhood high schools for success at selective colleges.

Both Sue and Steve Wilson graduated from Northwestern in 1970, and Steve earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 1974. He applied his learning as he built CF Industries Holdings, Inc. into a global leader in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution. He is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer, serving 10 years as CEO. After graduating from Northwestern in journalism, Sue had an eight-year public relations career from which she retired to focus on raising their children, Elizabeth and Jeffrey.

Steve is now a Northwestern Trustee, and the Wilsons have demonstrated extraordinary loyalty to Northwestern through their leadership philanthropy. Their gift to Northwestern Academy reflects their family’s longstanding interest in education. For many years, Sue served as a volunteer at the Evanston Public Library, and Steve was a director of the Chicago Foundation for Education.

Also, the Wilsons’ daughter, Elizabeth, is a mentor of teachers and student teachers, and their son, Jeffrey, who earned an MBA from Kellogg in 2008, is an educational consultant.

“We support Northwestern’s commitment to expanding opportunities for Chicago Public Schools students,” says Steve. “Like nothing else, education can alter the future.”

Through We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, the Northwestern community is joining together to solve society’s most critical challenges. We Will is an invitation to unite as thinkers and innovators to advance knowledge for the greater good.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/1/15