Maintaining Faculty Excellence: Gaining Momentum

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In 2014, the University of Wisconsin–Madison kicked off its fundraising campaign with a landmark gift of $100 million from John Morgridge (BBA ’55) and his wife Tashia Morgridge (B.S. ’55), the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the university.

The gift inspired matched donations that bolster our efforts to recruit and retain a world-class faculty by substantially increasing funding for new chairs and distinguished chairs, which give faculty the resources to dedicate their time to pathbreaking research.

The impact of the gift resonated across the university, creating 11 new faculty positions at the Wisconsin School of Business, and providing additional funding for 15 existing faculty positions at the School.

The magnitude of this gift was exceeded only by the Morgridges’ continued generosity: when donations went over the $100 million limit, the Morgridges continued to match donations—for a total of more than $250 million raised toward the university’s campaign goals.

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                                 More than $250 million for UW-Madison. More than $35 MILLION for the Wisconsin School of Business. More than $125 million from Morgridges. More than 
                                 $125 million from matching gifts.

Wisconsin School of Business alumni
participated in the Morgridge match.

The Morgridges’ incredible gift inspired us to have a bigger impact at the Wisconsin School of Business and the School of Education. We want to make a difference on the campus we care so much about, and the match opportunity helped our gift come to life.

—Tom Falk (BBA ’80)

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Richard Himes (B.S. ’66, MBA ’69)

passed away this spring. In his name, his daughter, Katherine Himes (MBA ’01), launched the Richard Himes Scholarship... Read More »

Clarke Caywood (BBA ’69, Ph.D. ’85)

received the first educator’s award of the national Black Public Relations Society. The award is named after Ofield Dukes... Read More »

Marisa Menzel (BBA ’00)

was recognized as one of Madison’s “40 Under 40” by In Business magazine in its March 2015 issue. In addition to helping clients in her financial advising... Read More »