The culture of giving is strong at Johnson
and it starts the day new students enter Sage Hall. This culture of
giving back and paying it forward provides the foundation upon which
we build our success. During my first full year as dean of the school,
I observed that the Johnson community - our alumni, students,
friends, faculty, staff, and corporate partners - are second to none in
generosity, sharing their time, resources, expertise, and financial support.
Such support is essential as we continue to develop the Johnson
brand as a world leader in graduate business education. It is therefore
my pleasure and honor to share the details of a highly successful year
of fundraising. I extend my gratitude for your valued investment in
the future of Johnson.
Thanks to the leadership and dedication of Johnson's Alumni Affairs and Development team, we raised $18.3 million overall, including $9.2 million in new gifts and commitments for endowments and $3.1 million for the Johnson Annual Fund, both record highs. We also set a record for the number of donors and increased our overall alumni giving participation by 3 percent, due in part to our thriving class agent program. In all, 3,122 donors contributed, more than any other college or unit on campus. Alumni engagement remains at the very core of our strength as a school, and our new graduates make every indication of carrying on this strong tradition, with all three class campaigns achieving excellent results. In particular, the Cornell Executive MBA Class of 2013 stands out for achieving 100 percent participation, the second class in the school's history to do so.
We received generous leadership gifts this year in the following areas:
Faculty: Suh Kyung-Bae, MBA '87, established the AmorePacific Professorship to help students gain a global perspective on business practices. Peter Wright '75, MBA '76, and David Breazzano, MBA '80, established endowed and current use funds to support faculty hiring.
Scholarships: Peter Nolan '80, MBA '82, renewed his commitment to the Peter and Stephanie Nolan Veterans Scholarship, which benefits military veterans who pursue their MBAs at Johnson. Carlos Quintanilla, MBA '80, established the Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Fellowship to benefit students from Mexico. Also of note, we received a generous bequest to support graduate fellowships from Robert J. Roshirt '43.
Park Fellows Program: The Triad Foundation, through the generosity and leadership of Roy H. Park Jr., MBA '63, continued its annual support of the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program. The Triad Foundation gift funds 23 fellowships for students who have demonstrated leadership, professional and personal accomplishment, academic success, and a commitment to community service and socially responsible business. These qualities were evident this year as past recipients of the Park Fellowship worked together to raise $92,500 in new gifts and commitments to support an additional Park scholarship.
Parker Center: Rene Lucien Robert '90, MBA '95, renewed his perennial gift of Advantage Data software, which makes the Parker Center for Investment Research a world-class facility.
In addition, SC Johnson and its CEO and Chairman H. Fisk Johnson '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86, continue to make generous investments in our future.
Lastly, I want to reiterate the importance of contributions from our alumni and friends to the Johnson Annual Fund. This unrestricted fund provides, for example, resources for key hires, technology upgrades for our classrooms, faculty research monies, alumni support tools, and resources for leadership education. It gives me the flexibility to allocate support to pressing needs and priorities that are not always apparent when we begin the year's planning.
Together, we have made extraordinary progress this year, gaining recognition among our peers, allocating our current funds in strategic, effective ways, and gathering resources that will be essential for the ambitious projects and goals that lie ahead. We are boosting our brand recognition and strengthening the connections we need to emerge as a premier school of business. Your support and confidence make Johnson's future bright - thank you.
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean