“The School enabled me to fulfill the American dream. Giving back is part of this dream and what makes America great,” said alumnus, Evans Y. Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA) of the Simon School. Evans and his wife, Susanna, have added $1 million to a previous gift of $500,000 to establish the Susanna and Evans Y. Lam Professorship at the Simon School. The Lams’ generosity will help attract and recruit global business scholars to the Simon faculty.

Evans and Susanna have very successful careers as financial services professionals. Susanna, a CPA, is also an accomplished Chinese opera singer and performer. Evans is the senior vice president of investments and senior portfolio manager at UBS Financial Services, and a renowned expert who has advised the State Council of China on monetary reform.

"I came to the United States with $180 and a four-year scholarship from the University,” said Lam. “I am forever grateful to the University of Rochester and the Simon School for providing me with the foundation for my career in corporate finance and investment management."

Together, the Lams have counseled dozens of Rochester students over the years by providing guidance and direction for their studies and professional ambitions. Mentoring is just one of the ways Evans has remained an actively involved alumnus; he is also a member of the Simon School’s Executive Advisory Committee and National Council, and the University's Los Angeles Regional Cabinet. Currently, Evans’ leadership and counsel are helping Dean Mark Zupan advance the School around the world. The Lams, who are Charter Members of the George Eastman Circle, frequently host events in the Los Angeles area to strengthen the alumni community. And in 2010, Evans was honored for his commitment to the University with the John N. Wilder Award.

“We are immensely grateful to the Lams for the leadership they have shown by giving to the Simon School,” said Dean Mark Zupan. “Because of their generosity, we will be able to recruit premier faculty from around the world."