The School of Business honored inductee Michael "Mike" N. Wenzel at the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on October 4, 2013 at the Morris University Center. Wenzel graduated from SIUE in 1970 with a bachelor’s in business administration/general accounting. After beginning his professional career with an international “Big Eight” firm, he transitioned to a local accounting firm. He served as a founding partner of Teel, Heller & Wenzel certified public accountants and formed Wenzel & Associates Ltd., CPAs in 1982.
“I am forever grateful to SIUE for stealing an education,” said Wenzel, who described the low cost of his degree. “Four of the best years of my life were spent here. I had mentors who helped give me the business and leadership skills to be successful.”
Wenzel joined the SIUE Foundation Board in 2008 and is president of the Foundation’s board of directors. He exhibits leadership and dedication to his community through his involvement with numerous organizations.
The SIUE School of Business has produced more than 21,775 graduates who have gone on to be successful in a variety of fields. Some graduates are entrepreneurs creating jobs, products and services that enhance the lives of countless people. Others use their education to enhance the pool of knowledge and leadership at universities and major corporations. To honor their success, each year the SIUE Alumni Association, along with the Deans of the Schools and Colleges of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, select, from an outstanding pool of alumni, individuals to be inducted into SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Hall of Fame Class has achieved a level of professional, community and academic excellence that brings distinction and honor to themselves, and in turn, brings that same distinctions and honor to SIUE. "The SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame provides living examples of the professional and community leaders our university is dedicated to producing and is important because it allows us to recognize the achievements of our alumni. It also provides a more visible display of our honorees' contributions, which is a great motivator for our current students because it helps show them what is possible," said SIUE Director of Alumni Affairs Steve Jankowski.