Veler Endowed Chair for English
Honoring a Distinguished Teacher and a Mentor


Called “the conscience of the University” by Wittenberg President Baird Tipson, Richard P. “Dick” Veler '58 influenced hundreds of students during his 35-year career at his alma mater.  A beloved professor of English, department chair, Mark Twain scholar, editor,  and long-time senior administrator, Dr. Veler earned multiple awards, including Wittenberg’s top faculty prize, the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1977, and the Wittenberg Medal of Honor in 2010.


In presenting the latter award to her colleague, fellow Wittenberg Professor of English Robin Inboden shared that Dr. Veler taught hundreds "to love literature" and that he had an "ardent devotion to a life fully lived and not measured, as T.S. Eliot would say, in 'coffee spoons.'" In her words, "he achieved the elusive wholeness of person" and "modeled a faith in students that continues to guide and sustain" his colleagues and friends alike.


This endowed chair in English was created by gifts from members of the Class of 1958, and the friends, students, and colleagues of Dr. Veler. Today, we have only $100,000 left to raise toward our $1.5M goal, in honor of this beloved man. Your gift on #Commit2Witt will help us close the gap and allow Dr. Veler's legacy to fuel future teaching excellence at the University he loved.

Ho Pak Kong '50, Emeritus Member of Wittenberg’s Board of Directors Challenge
Ho Pak Kong '50, emeritus member of the Wittenberg Board of Directors, will donate $5,000 for every 100 gifts received, up to $20,000!
400 / 400 Gifts
#WittWed Couples Challenge
#WittWed couple Steve '75 and Mary Alice '75 Neely love Wittenberg. That's why they are challenging other Tiger couples to give back and will donate $1845 when 50 #WittWed couples donate on #Commit2Witt!
50 / 50 Gifts
Get this Party Started Challenge
Way to go Tigers! $3,111.75 from Board of Directors member Bob Merzweiler '76 unlocked!
$3,111 / $3,111 Raised
Final Countdown - $10k Challenge
Bill Boggs '68 - $10k Challenge Unlocked!
$10,000 / $10,000 Raised
50 State Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement Rebecca Kocher and her husband Brad believe Wittenberg alumni are the best! When we receive contributions from all 50 States, they will donate $1,845 in honor of all you do to pass light on to others.
Presidential Video Challenge
$2500 President Video Challenge UNLOCKED!!
Greek Chapter Leaderboard
It is Wittenberg's 175th birthday and we are ready to party! The Greek chapter affiliated with the most number of gifts on #Commit2Witt will receive a party for current members and their alumni at the Bayley Alumni House!
Are you affiliated with one of our current Greek chapters?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 237
2 Gamma Phi Beta 214
3 Alpha Delta Pi 185
4 Delta Gamma 152
5 Sigma Kappa 100
6 Delta Tau Delta 55
7 Phi Kappa Psi 51
8 Beta Theta Pi 49
9 Delta Sigma Phi 40
10 Lambda Chi Alpha 35
11 Alpha Xi Delta 13
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