Five long-time friends of the University have made significant gift commitments to the Simon School. The leadership gifts, totaling $3.9 million, will advance strategic initiatives in faculty recruitment, curricular enhancement, and scholarship support.

Alan S. Zekelman ’87S (MS), and his wife, Lori, have pledged $1.5 million to establish an endowed finance professorship. The Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Professorship of Business Administration will enable the School to recruit a leading scholar to join its globally renowned faculty of finance experts. Zekelman is a board member of the John Maneely Company, which owns Atlas Tube Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of steel tubing used in a variety of applications. “Lori and I are both excited and committed to making sure that Simon remains at the forefront of research and pedagogy in finance for years to come.”

Robert J. Keegan ’72S (MBA) has made a $1 million commitment to support strategic initiatives at the Simon School. Keegan, chairman of the board for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, is a member of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees and the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee. “My family and I are very pleased to be making this gift to the University of Rochester with a focus on the Simon Graduate School of Business,” Keegan says. “The University has a rich academic and research history and strong momentum for the future. We trust that our gift will enable President Joel Seligman and his leadership team to accelerate this momentum.”

Charles W. Miersch ’70S (MBA) is pledging $900,000 to the Simon School Annual Fund to support strategic initiatives and scholarships for deserving students. Miersch retired in 2004 after 30 years of service to the University and the Simon School, most recently as senior associate dean for corporate relations and institutional advancement at Simon. He is an active alumnus and member of the School’s Executive Advisory Committee. “My 30-plus years at the University/Simon provided a level of satisfaction and a set of colleagues that, for me, could not be equaled anywhere else,” Miersch explains. “I am grateful and happy to be in a position to provide some support to make Simon an even stronger business school going forward.”?

Dennis Kessler, the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and his brother, Laurence, have committed $500,000 to enhance entrepreneurship education at the Simon School. Dennis is a member of the board of trustees at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Laurence is a member of the University Board of Trustees. “We believe in the value of education at all levels and supporting the Simon School Entrepreneurship program will directly benefit not only the Simon School but our entire community with job creation and innovation,” Laurence Kessler says.

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