Nov 18 2014

Paul and Betty Haack Make Generous Contributions to SoBA Scholarships and Gilkey Center

Nearly two dozen Montana School of Business Administration students will benefit from scholarships over the next five years thanks to a generous donation from two University of Montana alumni.

Paul Haack, a 1972 business administration graduate, and his wife, Betty, who received her degree in home economics in 1972, made a significant pledge through the UM Foundation to provide four $5,000 scholarships each year to in-state SoBA students.

Paul and Betty were both raised in Billings.  After graduation, Betty became a registered dietician at a Seattle area hospital, and Paul started his career as a staff accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Seattle. Betty retired after a few years to focus on their new son, Mike. They moved to Chicago in 2001, where Paul served as a senior partner in the Deloitte Chicago office starting in 2001. He was responsible for the firm’s services to aerospace and defense companies for many years. Paul retired from Deloitte in 2006, and he and Betty now live in Bellevue, Washington, where they enjoy golf and boating.  Paul continues to remain active on corporate boards of directors.

Paul and Betty HaackPaul currently serves on the UM Foundation Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Business Advisory Council at SoBA. He received SoBA’s Outstanding Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

The Haacks also made a significant contribution to the Gilkey Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Executive Education currently under construction on campus, and the Networking Bistro will be named in their honor.

For information on how to make a gift to the School of Business Administration, please contact Kate Jennings at or visit