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Who Was John Adams Savage?

John Adams Savage was a pioneer of Wisconsin higher education, serving as the first president of Carroll—the state’s first college. During his tenure as president from 1852 to 1863, he provided leadership that laid the groundwork for the growth of the college for the rest of the nineteenth century. John Adams Savage was a dynamic leader and successful fundraiser, and his efforts resulted in the construction of the school’s first Main Hall in 1852. Under his direction, the college graduated its first classes and devised our motto, “Christo et Litteris,” meaning “for Christ and Learning.”

The John Adams Savage Legacy Society gratefully acknowledges the benefactors who embody his spirit of exploration and discovery. Through their gifts of future support, members are vested partners in advancing our mission of preparing students for vocational success, lifelong learning, and service in a diverse and global society.

Join the John Adams Savage Legacy Society

Anyone can join the John Adams Savage Legacy Society. It is easy to do, does not have to alter your current lifestyle, and can be modified to address your changing needs.

The most straightforward way to become a member of the John Adams Savage Legacy Society is to name Carroll a beneficiary of your retirement account or as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

Membership is extended to individuals who make one or more of the following commitments to Carroll:

  • Include Carroll University in their estate plans
  • Create a charitable life-income arrangement to benefit Carroll
  • Name Carroll as a beneficiary of retirement assets or life insurance
  • Donate a personal residence or a vacation home to Carroll and reserve a life estate

There is no minimum gift amount required for membership in the John Adams Savage Legacy Society. To join, please contact Chuck Demler, Director of Gift Planning, at or 262.524.7241.


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