Former Harley-Davison CEO and wife donate $1 million to nursing college

Freeman Staff

April 21, 2015

Pictured from left to right are: Sally Lundeen, dean of UWM’s College of Nursing; UWM Chancellor Mark Mone; Yvonne Ziemer; Jim Ziemer; and Patricia Borger, UWM’s vice chancellor for development and alumni relations.  
Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone called a $1 million donation today from James and Yvonne Ziemer to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as “transformational.”

The financial gift will be used to strengthen UWM’s ability to fill the growing shortage of nurses in the state, according to the announcement. In particular, the donation will fund a clinical simulation center on the university’s Kenwood Campus.

The James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will enable the college to increase its in-demand training programs by up to 30 percent, providing UWM nursing students with state of the art experiential learning in simulated clinical settings, according to the announcement.

“The new James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will be a place for innovative clinical learning, not only for our nursing students, but for students from our College of Health Sciences, and from many other UWM Schools and Colleges,” Mone said. “Integrated professional development at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary learning will be made possible here.”

James Ziemer is a three-time UWM alumnus, as well as the former CEO and president of Harley-Davidson, Inc. James and Yvonne raised two daughters in Waukesha, Caryn and Lisa, and are proud grandparents to five grandchildren.