HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 21, 2011 – Scott A. and Shelby Tilley of High Point have donated $250,000 to High Point University to support the Trading Room of the Center for Financial Research in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce and to honor his late father, W. Allen Tilley, and his mother Nancy C. Tilley.
“My wife, Shelby, and I are extremely proud, pleased, and blessed to be able to make this gift to High Point University,” Tilley says. “We believe in HPU.”
W. Allen Tilley was a native of West Virginia, served in the United States Marine Corp and worked in the investment industry for 45 years. He and his beloved wife of 50 years, Nancy, were blessed with a powerful faith in God and a loving and supportive relationship.
“My father always pursued and encouraged the pursuit of knowledge,” Scott A. Tilley says. “It was his encouragement that motivated me to pursue and obtain my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. Even more important to him, however, was the pursuit of wisdom, which he believed came only from the word of God. I know that my father would be honored to have his and my mother’s name attached to High Point University – a God, country, and family institution.”
The W. Allen & Nancy Tilley Trading Room is a state-of-the-art facility providing faculty and students with the ability to analyze a vast array of financial and economic data. Armed with this data, students can conduct interactive trading transactions that simulate the actions of professional traders and financial institutions. Access to this data and information supports critical decision making processes.
Students from Financial Management, Financial Budget Analysis, and Investment Analysis classes use the Center. These courses are enhanced by being held in a location that has access to timely financial information and offers the software to effectively review the topics at hand. The students also have the opportunity to engage in investment simulations to test their strategies and track their gains and losses.
The trading room serves as a bridge between a student’s acquired knowledge and the need for real-world experience.
“I have known Scott Tilley for a number of years and have always been so impressed with his charitable and caring nature,” says Dr. Jim Wehrley, dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business. “High Point University’s students have been the beneficiaries of his time and goodwill through internships at his Merrill Lynch office. Knowing Scott’s fine character, his generous donation is exciting but not surprising. We are fortunate and thankful that he believes in our mission.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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