May 23, 2016—Husson University in Bangor, Maine, received a US$1 million gift from a source who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will be used to create a new interdisciplinary learning space for students enrolled at Husson’s New England School of Communications (NESCom) and College of Business. The learning space will be a part of the Innovation Wing in Husson’s proposed new College of Business building.
May 20, 2016—A new US$1.8 million grant from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation will help establish The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement at DePaul University’s School of Hospitality Leadership in Chicago, Illinois. A new physical space, which will open in the fall, will include networking and professional development rooms equipped with updated technology and a space for one-on-one career coaching for students and industry leaders.
April 27, 2016—Jerome Chazen has donated US$10 million to Columbia Business School at Columbia University in New York City. The money will support the Chazen Institute for Global Business, which is the new name of the Chazen Institute of International Business. The gift will continue the institute’s existing activities, expand its global visibility, and launch new initiatives. One new initiative is the Chazen Research Fellows program, which invites visiting faculty members to come to the school to conduct research, develop courses and cases, and foster relationships with other parts of the university. Chazen is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of fashion house Liz Claiborne Inc.
April 27, 2016—The Anderson School of Management at the University of California in Los Angeles has received a generous donation from alum Bernard Briskin and his wife, Judy. To commemorate the gift, Alumni Plaza at UCLA Anderson has been renamed the Judy & Bernard Briskin Family Plaza. The gift establishes the Judy and Bernard Briskin Marketing Specialization Program Fund and the Briskin Marketing Student of the Year award in the MBA and fully employed MBA programs; it also supports Briskin Distinguished Visitors, who are leaders in the marketing field. Bernard Briskin is the former CEO of real estate company Arden Group.
April 12, 2016—Naples, Florida, entrepreneurs Frank and Ellen Daveler donated US$2.9 million to the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business in Tampa to spearhead a state-wide effort to educate entrepreneurs. The estate and cash gift will establish the Frank & Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program at USF with a mission to help undergraduate students launch prosperous and sustaining businesses. The estate gift will also fund up to US$50,000 annually in scholarships for USF business students who are the first in their families to attend college. The Davelers are accomplished entrepreneurs in the aerospace, engineering, and scientific instrument manufacturing arenas.
April 12, 2016—The estate of Joseph Rotman is making a landmark US$30 million gift to the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The gift will be matched by the University of Toronto in order to establish a US$45 million Rotman Catalyst Fund as well as provide additional support scholarships, faculty positions, and infrastructure investments. This latest gift from Joseph and Sandra Rotman makes them the most generous benefactors in the university’s history, following numerous significant gifts over the past 20 years. The Rotman Catalyst Fund was conceived by Joseph Rotman in collaboration with the leaders of the school shortly before he died.
March 31, 2016—The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) received a US$5 million gift from former Raymond James executive Lynn Pippenger, the second largest single gift in its history, to name the Kate Tiedemann College of Business building. Effective immediately, the building becomes Lynn Pippenger Hall. The new four-story building currently is under construction and on track for a fall opening.
March 29, 2016—New York University Stern School of Business announced the establishment of The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Family Scholarship, made possible through a US$1.8 million gift from The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation. This scholarship will support high-achieving, low-income students who are admitted to Stern’s Undergraduate College for fall 2016. Recipients will be known as The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Scholars.
March 8, 2016—The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in Philadelphia recently received a gift of US$5 million from alumnus David Trone and his wife June. The gift will establish the Trone Family Public Policy Initiative Fund as part of the broader Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. The fund aims to sponsor research and other critical support promoting clear, fact-driven, accessible knowledge to stimulate policies that benefit the American public.