Old Friends, Strong Ties

Wells Fargo Bank and Normandale celebrate more than three decades of successful partnership.

For more than three decades, Wells Fargo Bank has been a proud supporter of Normandale and the Normandale Community College Foundation. The bank has generously donated funds, and many of its employees have volunteered as leaders and members of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

The relationship began in 1980, well before Northwestern Bank (later renamed Norwest) acquired Wells Fargo. Through local bank branches and the Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program, contributions for scholarships and sponsorship support for golf outings, South of France events, and Toast of the Town fundraising events have totaled more than $160,000.

“At Wells Fargo, we recognize the value of a strong education system for students and the community as a whole,” says Dave Kvamme, CEO of Wells Fargo Minnesota.

“That's why we've enjoyed our longstanding involvement with Normandale that has provided financial support, training and board leadership. Personal development and life-long learning are hallmarks of Wells Fargo's values, reflected by our tuition reimbursement program which encourages our team members to take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow.

"We thank Normandale leaders for the important role they play in helping students achieve their dreams and making the Twin Cities a great place to learn, work and play.”

In addition, Wells Fargo employees and retirees have contributed their time and talent to help lead the Normandale Foundation. Current board members include:

  • Bob Gibbs, retired senior vice president, Wells Fargo; board member since 2002; board chair from 2009-2012
  • Ed Meyer, retired executive, Wells Fargo; board member since 2009; current board treasurer and Finance Committee chair
  • Mike Lebens, vice president/senior relationship manager, Wholesale Banking, Wells Fargo; board member since 2012.

Their leadership and expertise have helped strengthen the Foundation's financial position, resulting in more than $350,000 in scholarship and program support for Normandale students each year.

Ed Meyer and Bob Gibbs
^ Ed Meyer & Bob Gibbs

“Normandale is a gem in the crown of higher education, and one that is not often fully understood or recognized by the community,” says Gibbs. “The college is diverse in its educational offerings and provides a place to advance young people in their lives and careers who might not otherwise have that opportunity.”

Corporate donors such as Wells Fargo provide needed annual support. This partnership is an investment in our community's future. With education as the common thread, together we will build a strong community. The Normandale Foundation is grateful to all donors—both corporate and individual, in dollar and in deed—in partnership for a brighter future for our students and community.