Former Edgewood College President Dr. Jim Ebben dies at 83

Jim And Marilyn Ebben

MADISON, Wis. — Edgewood College President Emeritus Jim Ebben died this week at age 83, according to the school.

Dr. Ebben died Monday, Nov. 30 surrounded by his family.

Ebben was president of the college from 1987 until his retirement in 2004. According to a news release, his service to the college is marked by enrollment growth and expansion of campus facilities.

“It is said we stand upon the shoulders of those who have come before us,” said President Andrew Manion in a statement. “With Dr. Ebben’s passing, our students, faculty, and staff all recognize that truth; Jim’s leadership, compassion, imagination, and heart are felt every day in this community. Dr. Ebben’s fidelity to the mission of Edgewood College, and his tireless service to our students, is a legacy that truly lives forever.”

Ebben’s tenure saw the renovation and dedication of the Todd Wehr Edgedome; and the construction of the Oscar Rennebohm Library, Sonderegger Science Center, Henry J. Predolin Humanities Center and Marie Stephen Reges Hall.

Board of Trustees member Ann McCullough said, “Losing Jim Ebben leaves a vacuum in my spirit.”

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas Paris in Madison.

Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.

The service will be live-streamed at