Paul Merriman (‘66) attended Western Washington University to escape the cityscape of Seattle and find solace in a campus settled in the woods. Graduation led him down a path of corporate brokerage on Wall Street and then to the ownership of a large manufacturing firm.
Following his first retirement in the 1980s, he turned his acumen for finance into a new career path and founded a financial management firm. As his success grew, he never forgot his alma mater. Upon retirement, he created The Merriman Foundation to continue his vision of sharing financial education and giving to Western.
Since 2012, Paul and The Merriman Foundation have donated more than $200,000 to the College of Business & Economics to support a personal investing class. He has hosted a series of financial lectures for students, alumni, and community members. Paul’s goal is to give every student at Western the tools necessary to navigate student debt so they may begin saving early and retire successfully. He most recently spoke to a group of Western students in May 2017 about financial freedom post-graduation. Western is currently working to capture Paul’s energy through recordings at the Digital Media Center so his wisdom can be shared with future generations of WWU students.