April is the busiest month of the spring semester as classes conclude and our soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement.
Thanks to former BOV member Harriet Ivey for introducing me to Charles Miller, Director of Development for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, whom we welcomed to the school to start the month. I was also pleased to catch up with Ed Torres of Lilly Ventures.
This year’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award was presented to our Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame for their deep, long-standing and multi-faceted commitment to building and shaping our school. Dwight serves as our Glenn Family Chair of Philanthropy and, as he concludes his service this year as the chair of our faculty, he will also serve as the Faculty Marshal for our School Recognition Ceremony following Commencement on May 11.
We had a productive meeting of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Advisory Council as we marked our progress and reviewed a strategic plan. The evening before our Board of Visitors meeting, we were joined by the Alumni Board and special guests to celebrate Don Campbell and his gift to establish the Donald A. Campbell Chair in Fundraising Leadership.
Our Board of Visitors meeting, which allows us to mark our progress every six months, included engagement with our students as well as a session on diversity, equity and inclusion led by professor Tyrone Freeman. After the meeting, many of us attended the Lake Lecture that featured the masterful storytelling of Lynne Twist on her book The Soul of Money.
I joined the always engaging Lake Institute Board of Advisors to discuss the state of our school as professor Shariq Siddiqui shared initial thoughts about the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative.
As it is every year, the Capstone ePortfolio showcase was a highlight of the academic year, as our graduating seniors crafted thoughtful presentations on their educational journey and how it has prepared them for their next steps in life and work.
We joined our colleagues in the School of Liberal Arts to welcome John List of the University of Chicago, who is also our Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising. John was the inaugural speaker in the VeZolles Lecture in Economics.
At Brown University, I participated on a panel on Ethics, Arts and Philanthropy, and also visited with Sergio Gonzalez, Senior Vice President for Advancement at Brown, while stopping in Boston to see Elaine Martyn and Nageeb Sumar of Fidelity Charitable.
We welcomed the newest cohort of the Richard Rockefeller Fellows, who were selected as highly promising philanthropy practitioners in Greater China by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In Chicago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Evan Hochberg of the Crown Family Philanthropies, Valerie Chang of the MacArthur Foundation, BOV member Caren Croland Yanis, and colleagues at Forefront, thanks to the kind introductions by BOV members Yanis and Bruce Boyd.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean