Daemen University’s College of Health Professions has been named The Scott Bieler College of Health Professions in honor of Scott Bieler – a member of the university’s board of trustees and the president and CEO of West Herr Automotive Group, the largest automotive group in New York State and one of the largest privately- owned auto groups in the country.

“Scott is especially interested in and supportive of medical and healthcare efforts,” said President Gary A. Olson. “And he has supported several projects and scholarships in Daemen’s healthcare areas, including a recent gift to support our students. I can’t think of a more deserving person to honor in this way.”

After achieving university status in March of 2022, Daemen announced the formation of the three academic units at the institution: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; the College of Health, Human Sciences, and Business; and the College of Health Professions, which is home to the university’s departments of Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.

Scott Bieler College of Health Professions

“Mr. Bieler has been a staunch champion of the College of Health Professions, and his ongoing support is transforming the quality of education and training for our students,” said Dr. Greg Ford, the founding dean of the college. “He is especially supportive of disadvantaged and underrepresented student populations, and we are proud that our college now carries his name.”

Bieler served for nearly a decade as a member of the Daemen Community Advisory Board and was appointed to the board of trustees in 2021. He also serves on the boards of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and Invest Buffalo Niagara and as a member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

As the president of the Scott Bieler Family Foundation, Bieler is known as one of the most prolific benefactors of local healthcare causes, donating millions of dollars to organizations across Western New York to support projects such as the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center main campus and the Roswell Park Scott Bieler Amherst Center.