Ernest and Roberta Scheller

Born: 
1929
Ernest Scheller, IM ‘52, is chairman emeritus of Silberline Manufacturing Co., based in Tamaqua, Penn., which his father founded in 1945. The first thing he did when he entered Tech was to join the ROTC and Georgia Air National Guard to help pay for his room and board. He came into Georgia Tech in the fall of 1947 as a chemical engineer, but changed over to industrial management. He graduated in 1952 and debarked for Air Force service in California. He was also table manager at his fraternity, advertising manager of the Yellow Jacket, and even set up his own silk-screening business. He debarked for the Air Force upon graduation and started giving to Roll Call as soon as he went into the service. Scheller’s commitment is the single largest cash gift made in Tech’s history. He and his wife, Roberta, are honorary chairs of the Campaign Georgia Tech Steering Committee. Scheller said that Georgia Tech “played a big part in the success I’ve enjoyed later in life.”
Notable Accomplishments: 
  • #21 of top donors in 2012 according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • A 2004 College of Management Distinguished Alumnus