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UT Alum Alan Wilson Establishes Scholarships

KNOXVILLE, TN — Alan Wilson, chairman, president, and CEO of spice manufacturing giant McCormick & Co., remembers how much he wanted to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and how tough it was for his family, financially, to help him achieve that dream.

That was the inspiration that prompted Wilson and his wife, Wendy, to contribute $75,000 to fund an endowed scholarship for undergraduates in UT’s College of Business Administration.

The Wilsons' gift to UT also included $25,000 for the Debby Schriver Endowment for Student Orientation and $100,000 for an endowed scholarship program in the College of Communication and Information.

"This is very personal for me because I would not have been able to attend UT without financial aid," said Wilson, a South Carolina native, who earned a bachelor's degree in communication in 1980. "When I was considering colleges, I really wanted to attend UT Knoxville, but it was a significant financial challenge for my family as an out-of-state student. I was offered a modest amount of financial aid, enough for me to make the commitment to UT. Ultimately, I accepted an Army ROTC scholarship, which not only paid for school, but ensured — or committed me to — my first job after college."  

After graduating from UT Knoxville, Wilson served as a U.S. Army captain, with tours in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Wilson joined McCormick in 1993. He was elected president and CEO in 2008 and named chairman of the board in 2009.    

"We are extremely grateful to Alan and Wendy Wilson for investing in the College of Business Administration,” said Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration. “As the college's undergraduate population continues to grow, this will allow us to provide more financial support to our students." 

McCormick & Co. Inc., the world's largest spice producer, is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, with operations in such diverse locales as India and France.

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