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Madison "Al" Self

Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Bee Chemical Company
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Tioga International, Inc.
Founder and President, Allen Financial, Inc.
2000 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S. Chemical Engineering 1943

Al Self used his technical and business skills to guide Bee Chemical Company from a three-person operation to become an international leader in polymer coatings designed for use on plastics. His success as an entrepreneur has allowed him and his wife, Lila Self, to endow scholarship and fellowship programs at three institutions in the United States, including the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship at KU, which in 2000 supported 32 fellows with each receiving a stipend of $20,000 per year plus tuition for four years of study.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times