As a successful senior vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors, Herb Roemmele freely shares in conversation that Lehigh provided the leadership training he needed to flourish in the stock brokerage industry and become the person he is today. In appreciation, the business administration alumnus has been making an impact on his alma mater for decades as an avid volunteer and generous donor.
Herb helped other Lehigh students become leaders of the future by providing a significant gift towards the transformation of Williams Hall into a vibrant center for global engagement. Renovated in October 2015, the 100-year-old building is a campus hub for intellectual and social engagement enhancing international competencies and connections for all Lehigh students.
Herb’s gift helps showcase the dynamic work of faculty and students in a worldly arena and foster collaboration. The building offers a variety of spaces, both formal and informal, including the new Roemmele Plaza and The Herbert A. Roemmele ’53 Global Commons. Through discourse and scholarship, students become well versed in the relationships of U.S. companies abroad and foreign businesses in the United States.
A longtime member of the Asa Packer Society and Tower Society, Lehigh’s leadership giving societies, Herb is also a generous benefactor to Lehigh’s life income program.
Many alumni and friends know Herb as a “roving ambassador.” He has hosted the Lehigh/Lafayette Jersey Shore telecasts and Tower Society events in Florida. He also is an admissions advocate, “talking up” Lehigh and sharing his experiences as a student, which included being president of Sigma Nu and his junior and senior class, vice president of the Interfraternity Council, assistant sports editor for The Brown and White, and member of honorary fraternities Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
For his work in gift planning and for his unceasing campaign to support the university’s mission, Herb received the James Ward Packard Award in 2007, and at his 60th reunion in 2013, he received the Alumni Association Alumni Award and the Grace Award.
Herb resides in Palm Beach, Florida, and Short Hills, New Jersey.