At the close of another year, there is no time more fitting to say thanks to you—our wonderful Lundquist College of Business supporters—and wish you the very best in the coming year. In my short time as interim dean, I continue to see examples everyday where YOU make a difference. Thank you!
Please join us in celebrating some momentous accomplishments the Lundquist College realized in 2015. We extend to you our deepest appreciation for your role in the success of the college and would like to share with you some recent highlights.
Gifts Serve Students and Faculty
In the first five months of the fiscal year, we have booked more than $15 million in fundraising dollars. For comparison, typical recent years average approximately $7 million. Our deepest gratitude goes to all our many donors.
Thanks to a significant gift from Marilyn and Gerry Cameron, finance and securities students and faculty can expect long-term, stable funding. To see experiential learning in action, I encourage you to stop by the newly named Marilyn C. and Gerry B. Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis.
Another remarkable gift from Robin and Roger Best created an endowed fund rewarding doctoral students for research, publishing, and great teaching. PhD students can apply for costs associated with their research, including travel, software, data, and conferences. The endowment fills a critical gap in student need and is unique among PhD programs in schools of business.
These are just two examples of the amazing spirit of generosity being extended to our college. Thank you.
Excellence in Academics
Of course, we have long known our Oregon MBA offers a peerless experience in sustainability education. We were therefore delighted to see those efforts recognized with the #1 spot in The Princeton Review’s ranking of green MBA programs. This designation is particularly meaningful in that it is student-driven, with The Princeton Review tallying its lists based on surveys of 22,000 students attending 295 business schools.
As we work away at our stated goals, I am pleased to note the addition of seven new tenure-track faculty members joining our ranks. They bring with them excellence in teaching and research and represent one of our greatest resources: intellectual capital. We have also submitted continuing accreditation reports to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The reports will be under review in late January.
Our investments are coming to fruition. We are attracting ambitious students to our programs and elite scholars to our faculty. Thanks to fantastic backers like you, we as a college are well positioned to take on 2016 with vigor.
Thank you for your support of the Lundquist College of Business.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and new year filled with opportunity.
Interim Dean and Professor Emeritus of Management