2012 Alumni Award Recipients
Black Hills State University honored five individuals during the annual BHSU Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 21, at 12:00 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Those honored this year were, left to right: Keith Stover, Class of ’71, Excellence in Education Award; William “Bill” Weyer, Class of ’62, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Johanna Meier & Guido Della Vecchia, Special Service Award; and Jerome A. Greene, Class of ’68, Special Achievement Award.
This year's 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is Mr. William "Bill" Weyer, class of '62. Weyer earned his degree from BHSU in business education. He received an award from the Wall Street Journal for being the highest scholastic ranking student with a degree in business education or administration.
After graduating he traveled west to California and found a teaching job in Eureka, where Weyer spent the next 16 years teaching math and science.
In 1978, Weyer purchased his wife Sandra's parents’ business Hensell Materials, and took a different career path. Hensell Materials sells building materials to contractors. Over the next two decades, they expanded the business and increased sales.
Weyer said his BHSU education prepared him for both of his careers - teaching and running a business.
Weyer served as chairman of the Board for the Redwood Empire Unit of the California Trucking Association for two years. He also served as president on the Board of the Humboldt Builders’ Exchange. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, which is given to those who have contributed their skills and expertise to the local construction industry for over 20 years.
Weyer and his wife have been supporters of the Salvation Army, Easter Seals, Soroptimist International, and countless little league teams.