Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows alumni fund
The launch of a new legacy
Last fall, thanks to alumni of the Park Leadership Fellows program, Johnson welcomed an additional Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow into the class of 2015.
Established in 1997 by Roy H. Park Jr., MBA ’63, director of the Triad Foundation, The Park Leadership Fellows program is a two-year, full-tuition fellowship award for Johnson students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential. The program serves to attract the highest caliber MBA talent to Johnson and to reward demonstrated leadership potential. Roy H. Park Jr., MBA ’63, and the Triad Foundation, which he leads, support 20 Park Fellows in each class; the Johnson admissions office supports three additional fellows via other scholarship funding sources.
Now, thanks to Park Fellows alumni who stepped up to foot the bill, there is a 24th Park Fellow.
One hundred fifty-five Park alumni responded with generous gifts to a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting an additional Park Fellow. Led by Jennifer Dulski ’93, MBA ’99, president and chief operating officer at Change.org and a Park Fellow alumna herself, the campaign raised about $93,000.
While she credits Johnson’s “terrific development team” within doing the heavy lifting, Jennifer Dulski and her husband, Leonard E. Dulski, MBA ’99, played a very important role in making this fundraising campaign a success, first by pledging their initial gift of $25,000, followed by Jen’s email requests and status updates to Park Fellow alumni. Many responded enthusiastically, she reports, and several even volunteered to help solicit gifts from their classmates.
“I'm proud to be part of a group of Park alumni that feels passionate about the program and wants to give back to those who come next,” says Jen. “The Park Fellowship was a central part of my experience at Johnson and I feel lucky to have received both the honor and the financial support. Through the fellowship, I was able to get an excellent MBA education, and to think specifically about leadership, both of which have served me well in my career. I am excited to be able to help give that opportunity to someone else.”
“Jennifer Dulski is amazing,” says Bill Huling Jr. ’68, MBA ’74, associate dean of Alumni Affairs and Development at Johnson. “She raised her hand as a former Park to be the lead in this effort and bring this gift in.”
According to Clint Sidle, director of the Park Leadership Fellows program, creating fully alumni-funded fellowships has been part of the plan since the program’s inception. So when Park learned about the fundraising initiative, he loved the idea. In fact, he was so enthusiastic that in an email sent to all Park alumni, he offered a signed copy of his book, Sons in the Shadow, to alumni who gave $1,000 or more.
“In my family, a value we share is the importance of giving back to the communities we cherish,” wrote Park in the email. “Your experience as a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow remains a symbol and reminder of our family’s legacy and commitment to Johnson, and I am truly proud that you will always be a part of our family.”
This fundraising effort has also reconnected many Park Fellows alumni, who enthusiastically expressed interest in helping Johnson in various capacities. “Park Fellows alumni are a great group and one that I am convinced is destined to fulfill the promise of the original purpose of the grant: creating and leaving a legacy of professional success and personal contribution,” says Sidle.
This successful fundraising initiative marks a new beginning and a new legacy for the program. “This initiative has made clear how formative being a Park Fellow is to so many of the alumni who were part of the program,” says Huling. “We hope many more Park Fellows will have their time at Johnson enriched by similar support and that this is the start of an alumni tradition we can continue for future classes.”
Yuezhou Huo ’15 is an intern in Marketing and Communications at Johnson.