I am both proud and humbled to take over the leadership role in steering Johnson's future as the
school's eleventh dean, and I'm delighted to join such a warm, vibrant, and generous community.
Johnson is a great school with a wonderful past and an even better future; we have a strong
foundation thanks to the leadership of my predecessor, Dean Emeritus Joe Thomas, and to all
of you who have contributed so much to building Johnson into a great brand.
I applaud Johnson's Alumni Affairs and Development team, along with fellow development colleagues here at Cornell, for helping us to achieve a record-breaking year in our fundraising campaign. Many alumni came forward to make gifts in honor of Dean Emeritus Joe Thomas, helping us to reach and exceed our goals. Together, the Johnson community raised more than $35.6 million for the overall campaign and more than $2.8 million for the Annual Fund.
We are grateful to our many alumni volunteers who contacted fellow classmates to increase participation and whose stellar efforts brought in much-needed unrestricted support. At 2,722 donors, we broke our record in the number of donors contributing to Johnson and exceeded all other colleges and units on campus. Our student class campaigns achieved excellent results; the Cornell Executive MBA Class of 2012 set a new record. This all speaks volumes about the confidence our alumni have in Johnson and its leadership, and about the culture of giving that is becoming integral to our community.
We received generous support this year in many areas, including:
Scholarships. The Triad Foundation, headed by Roy H. Park Jr., MBA '63, provided assurance of support to fund the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program through 2020. An anonymous donor created the L. Joseph Thomas International Scholarship, to be awarded to a student from Korea.
Institutes. Dave Breazzano, MBA '80, made a commitment to endow the Breazzano Family Executive Directorship of the Parker Center for Investment Research. Rene Lucien Robert '90, MBA '95, gave his perennial gift of Advantage Data software, key to equipping the Parker Center for Investment Research as an exceptional, world-class facility. The Emerging Markets Institute received substantial gifts from both Mark Bissell, MBA '82, and Charles N. Mills '83, MBA '84.
Faculty. Bob Slagle '62, MBA '64, and his wife endowed the Robert and Sharon Slagle Fund for Researching and Teaching Business Ethics.
In addition, Chuck Jarvie '58, MBA '59, and his wife created the Charles and Janet Jarvie Executive Director of Marketing Fund to support hiring a senior marketing professional. We received generous bequests to support the dean's initiatives from Walter W. Buckley Jr. '60, MBA '62, and from G. Walton Cottrell '61, MBA '63, and Jean Springer Cottrell '63. H. Fisk Johnson '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86, continues to provide generous support. A gift from Jeffrey P. Parker '65, MEng '66, MBA '70, will support Johnson's presence in New York.
Expectations of business schools have changed, and Johnson has to continue to align its activities, both in research and programs, to changing demands from business, government, and society. As we look ahead I am excited by the opportunities that the Cornell NYC Tech campus represents, and I look forward to continuing to expand the many opportunities for extending Johnson's reach and reputation as a premier global school. We know we will need your ongoing support as we take on the challenges ahead, and I am grateful that I can count on outstanding support from our alumni and friends.
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean