The Dean's Circle

The Dean's Circle is a devoted group of alumni and friends of the E. J. Ourso College of Business who support academic priorities and goals through an annual investment of $1,500 or more to the Dean's Excellence Fund or a departmental development fund.  

These gifts provide Dean Llorens and department chairs with the working capital needed to address critical needs and capitalize on opportunities to enhance the student experience or fuel innovation. The flexible nature of these funds allows for decisive action and maximum impact. 

Donors to the Dean's Excellence Fund impact all areas of the college with a single gift. For example, the Dean's Excellence Fund investments send students to case competitions, provide professional development programs, enhance international study experiences, and finance software and data used for research. 

Departmental development funds support priorities identified by each chair. These often include activities that further research, support faculty, and create opportunities for students. 

Dean's Circle membership requires an annual donation of $1,500, which can easily be divided into monthly ($125/month), quarterly, or bi-annual payments upon request.

We are pleased to offer associate membership to our alumni and friends who graduated within the past 10 years for an annual contribution of $750 to the Dean's Excellence Fund. Associate Dean's Circle members will receive all benefits of full membership. Eligible donors who commit at this level may also request to divide contributions into monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual payments. 

 

Dean's Circle Benefits

  • Advanced access to Ourso College events and communications including Ourso Bottom Line, our annual report, and biannual messages from Dean Llorens
  • Invitations to college events including an annual Dean's Circle networking event
  • Recognition on the Dean's Circle web page
  • Lapel pin

Dean's Circle Members

(Based on giving as of January 1, 2022)

Phil and Kimberly Adra
Robin and Dr. Herbert Ashe Jr.
Nan and Tim Barfield
Anne and Roger Berman
Don and Nan Chance
Christian Curtis
Jon and Shelia Davies
Scott and Arika Dickens
Steve and Sharon Durio
Ernst and Young
Judith Anne Garretson Folse and Albert Joseph Folse Jr.
Bill and Linda Gilbow

Kevin Hughes
David and Jeri Kelly
Michelle and Tom King
Michael and Toni Kirby
Matt and Paige McCarroll
Andrew and Jasmine Mahtook
Dan and Glenda Miller
Sarah North
Jim and Laura Parr
Dr. Thomas and Myla Phillips
Linda and R. C. Pierce Jr.
Rick and Kathleen Plaeger
Zach and Lindsey Romanowsky

Julie Garcia Ruehl
Lee Anne and Craig Sciambra
Nick Tomlinson
Charles and Rachael Theriot
Laura Wiley
Bart Wood


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, your gift of $1500 or $750 will recognize both you and your spouse as members of our Dean's Circle.

Yes, employee matches are a great way to maximize your giving and will count as part of your total annual contribution.

We understand that our alumni and donors are passionate about all areas of our college. We are happy to be able to recognize gifts of $1500 or $750 to departmental development funds as Dean's Circle members.

Any 12-month period

Yes, we welcome organizations and corporations to join our Dean's Circle.