William Trubeck of Long Lake, Minn., has made a $2 million to gift to Monmouth College to support its new Center for Science and Business.
A 1968 graduate of Monmouth who has been a chief financial officer for several major corporations, Trubeck has served as a trustee on MC’s board of trustees since 2002 and as vice chairman since 2008.
“I love this place,” said Trubeck. “I received a great education, and I’m investing to make sure that type of education is still available at an ever-increasing level of value.”
Involvement in extracurricular activities was a highlight of Trubeck’s Monmouth experience. Through his Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity associations, he came to know legendary chemistry professor Garrett Thiessen, one of two professors for whom the current science building is named.
“I remember living in the old TKE house, great parties and great friendships,” said Trubeck, who served as vice president of the fraternity as well as VP of the student association. “I was also able to get involved in a lot of leadership opportunities, which was a very important part of my college experience.”
Trubeck also participated in the Knox-Monmouth ROTC, and it wasn’t long before he put that experience to work, leading nearly 300 men as a company commander with the 11th Armed Cavalry Regiment during the Vietnam War. In honor of the many soldiers who graduated from Monmouth, Trubeck has requested that the Great Room in the Center for Science and Business be named the “Veterans Memorial Great Room.”
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Monmouth, Trubeck earned a master’s degree in that field from the University of Connecticut. He has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions for Fortune 500 companies, including specific experience as the CFO at H&R Block, Waste Management and International Multi-Foods, and he has led a variety of restructuring efforts during his career. He has also held corporate director positions for such companies as WellCare Health Plans, Dynegy, Ceridian Corporation and The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
In 2005, Trubeck was honored with Monmouth College’s highest award, when he was inducted into its Hall of Achievement.
Trubeck’s late wife, Judy Williams Trubeck, was a 1969 Monmouth graduate. The fountain and garden of the new building is dedicated to her memory. His sisters, Priscilla Trubeck Adolphson ’70 and Barbara Trubeck Clark ’66, also married Monmouth students – David Adolphson ’67 and Larry Clark ’65, respectively.
“Bill’s loyalty to his alma mater and his willingness to support our programs at this level serves as an important example to other alumni, parents and friends,” said Molly Ball, vice president for development and college relations. “On behalf of the entire Monmouth College family who are touched by this gift, I thank him for his generosity and for reaffirming his commitment to our mission.”
Designed by the award-winning international firm Burt, Hill Inc., the $40 million Center for Science and Business is being built by Pepper Construction. It will be formally dedicated on May 10 and will be ready for use for the fall semester.