Mark A. Zupan, who has served as dean of the Simon Graduate School of Business since 2004, has made a $1 million commitment to the School. During his tenure as dean, Zupan’s gift will provide scholarship support for Simon students. The gift will then be available to his successors as an endowed fund to support innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit at Simon. It is believed that Zupan’s gift is unmatched by any current or previous business school dean.

In announcing his gift, Zupan explained that he was motivated by the generosity of the University’s alumni and friends, including the example of leadership giving set by Board Chair Edmund Hajim. Zupan mentioned another motivation for his gift. His mother, Maria, was the first woman to earn a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1964. The support she received from scholarships made it possible for her to attend the University and earn her degree. Read more.