Michigan Ross Raises $59 Million to Help Shape the Bold Ideas Driving Business Forward
At Michigan Ross, we don’t just study business — we shape its future.
During the Victors for Michigan campaign, generous donations have supported Ross initiatives that nurture and deliver bold solutions to the business challenges of our time. Thanks to donors’ gifts totaling almost $60 million, Ross’s influence in the business world is being forever transformed.
Today, for example, Michigan Ross Professor Ravi Anupindi serves as the Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management. His research areas include supply chain management, strategic sourcing, supply chain risk management, and much more.
His professorship was established in 2016 as part of a $9 million gift from the late Col. William G. Svetlich, MBA ’60, whose remarkable career included military service, industrial engineering, and aerospace research and development.
Colonel Svetlich’s gift also generously supports the Center for Value Chain Innovation, which invites industry partners to engage with projects ranging from research to executive education to summer team projects and more. The Center for Value Chain Innovation provides thought leadership, industry engagement, and education regarding innovation and excellence in value chains to address critical, complex business and societal issues.
Several Ross faculty benefit from a generous gift from Michael Hallman, BBA ’66, MBA ’67, and his wife, Mary Kay, that directly supports faculty research and teaching activities related to electronic business and new economies.
The couple also created the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Endowed Fund for Technology. Michigan Ross is known throughout the world as a leading innovator in business education. The Hallman Fund endorses and supports this dedication to innovation, and allows the school to respond to the demands of change in the business world.
The Thomas C. Kinnear Professorship was established in 2018 to honor the legacy of Tom Kinnear, PhD ‘72, professor emeritus of marketing and the founding co-director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The professorship, which will recognize an outstanding scholar at Michigan Ross, was an incredible group effort, made possible through the contributions of more than 250 past Ross students, other U-M alumni, faculty, and staff.
Tom’s wife Connie Kinnear, AB ‘71, MBA ‘82, and son Jamie Kinnear, MBA ‘01, helped to spearhead the fundraising campaign.
Alumni gifts have been transformative in other areas as well, including support for Business+Impact, a new initiative at Michigan Ross that provides students with practical skills and insights to tackle complex social challenges and catalyze a career in social impact.
Thanks to numerous individual donations and corporate partners who believe in the organization’s mission and students, Business+Impact continues to offer major initiatives such as its Board Fellowship, Impact Scholarships, Impact Corps, Social Impact Challenge, and Social Innovation Summit. Generous gifts to this program have touched communities and transformed the lives of students.
Generosity from businesses has also impacted education throughout the Victors for Michigan campaign.
Gifts from Deloitte, for instance, have helped support student scholarships and programmatic experiences at Michigan Ross.
The Carleton Griffin MAcc Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Deloitte Foundation. The award is designated to support MAcc students and is offered in honor of the life and career of Professor Emeritus Carleton H. Griffin, BBA ’50, MBA, and JD ’53. The Deloitte Foundation is also instrumental in supporting programs from our Sanger Leadership Center, such as the Ross Leaders Academy program and the MAcc Business+Impact Challenge.
Strong, genuine relationships with individuals and corporations continue to support bold ideas and innovations at Ross.