Bellah Family Makes Contribution to USF Science Building

1015 Bellah Family Makes Contribution FINAL1The University of St. Francis is grateful to announce a generous, seven-figure pledge made as a lead gift for a new science building at USF by alumni William (Bill ’82) and Patricia (Trish Banks ’83) Bellah.


The Bellahs are long-time supporters of the university. They have been leading alumni donors participating in various fundraising events for USF including the last capital campaign, Continuing the Tradition, and a lead gift to the naming of the Sullivan Recreation Center. The Bellahs are also major sponsors of the Sullivan Golf Outing, the Brown and Gold athletic events, the Caritas Scholarship Ball auction, and have given recurring annual gifts. Most recently, they donated a home to the university to be named in honor of Sr. Carlene Howell, Bill’s English professor.


“Bill and Trish have been tremendous supporters to our programs not only in terms of their treasure but also in giving so much of their time and talents,” said USF President, Dr. Arvid C. Johnson. “Their past giving has included our athletic programs, the communication and media arts department, and the university as a whole.  Everyone on our campus has been touched by their generosity.”


“The most incredible thing is once they started giving, they have never stopped and they have been more gracious with each passing year,” Remarks Dave Laketa, USF Athletic Director and friend of the Bellahs.


The university is proud to continue its close relationship with the Bellahs, whose leadership and service reach out to students and the community. This most recent pledge will be recognized by naming of the 150-seat, multi-purpose lecture hall within the new science building, which is scheduled for ground breaking in 2016. The new science building will be constructed at the corner of Wilcox and Douglas Streets and will include nine teaching laboratories, four student/faculty research laboratories, 11 faculty offices, two student study lounges and the multi-purpose lecture hall. The lecture hall will serve as a classroom, event, and meeting space for not only students but also the community.


“Most college graduates will say that the only thing their college degree did for them was open the doors to opportunity in the world. Trish and I feel the education and assistance we received by attending the University of St. Francis and achieving our degrees opened up the world to endless opportunities. Most importantly, we were always treated like family!” says Bill Bellah.


Bellah, recently retired, was the founder and CEO of Compass Chemical International LLC., an importer of phosphorous acid and other chemicals. The Bellah family now resides in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston. They have three children: Amber, Brandon and Bryan.


The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,700 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni throughout the country. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.