College Introduces Dean’s Circle
Alumni and friends of the College of Business Administration regularly share gifts of time, talent, and treasure with the college, and they often are recognized in small ways for their generosity. Over the course of this past year, it has become even more evident that the loyalty of our donors is what allows the college to excel in an increasingly competitive academic environment. With increasingly limited budgets, but ever-growing numbers of students and programming needs, Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration, relies heavily on the unrestricted cash gifts that the college receives through its College Fund for Business Administration.
“Endowments typically are not created and funded all at once,” said Williams. “They usually take about five years to become active, so those gifts provide value for tomorrow’s students. Cash gifts to the College Fund allow us to meet the current year’s areas of greatest need head-on.”
All alumni are encouraged to make one gift, any size, every year, as alumni participation is one of the ways business schools are evaluated and cash gifts are critical to the success of the college and its programs. To recognize those who have committed at a leadership level to the College Fund, the Dean’s Circle has been formed to recognize alumni who have gifted $1,000 or more and young alumni (those who have graduated in the last 10 years) who have gifted $500 or more during the current fiscal year. These special members of the college family will be recognized on the college’s newly designed ‘Donor Wall of Fame.’ Unlike traditional giving societies, membership is not lifetime; gifts are counted for the current fiscal year.
“We hope that whether it stands alone, or is in addition to a gift to another area of the college or university, you will become an annual supporter of the College Fund for Business Administration and be a part of our Dean’s Circle,” said Williams.