Making a Difference for Individual Students-- and Ultimately for All of Us
The decision to endow fellowships and scholarships is highly personal, but there's a common theme among this year's generous donors. They all see the importance of helping individual students get a Johnson MBA and a good start on achieving their dreams.
Randy Chafetz, MBA '85, says simply, "Students need help. When I chaired the Annual Fund, I obtained great insight into what it takes to educate a student. The cost of a world-class education is high, and I see this as a meaningful opportunity to give back and help students afford a Johnson education. It would be ideal if this helps to attract someone who appreciates what was done for them and in turn gives back to the school."
Since Chafetz is Canadian and has spent the past 12 years working for a Japanese company, he has asked us to give preference to aiding a student from Canada, Japan, or another country outside the United States. "We need to attract international talent. And after graduation, having international alumni creates a better network for the school, students, and other alumni."
Chafetz is general manager of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., and head of corporate and investment banking for the Americas. Looking back on his Johnson experience, he says, "I probably didn't realize it right away, but the management skills, and to some extent the network I developed equipped me to be a better, more intelligent, thoughtful business person."
He is a member of the Johnson School Advisory Council, and formerly the national chair of the Dean's Annual Fund Leadership Committee.
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