Business, Organizations, and Management Major Receives $3.5 Million Donation
By Katie Oglesby, News Editor
David R. Brennan ‘75, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the College, has recently gifted the Business, Organizations, and Management Major $3.5 million.
According to Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Jamie Yates, this gift will support “new faculty positions in accounting and marketing; curricular course innovation stipends; applied student learning experiences; an endowed lecture fund; and a faculty development fund.”
The Business, Organizations, and Management Major came to fruition in Fall 2019 and is only available to students enrolled in or after that semester.
David M. LeVan Chair of Ethics and Management Dr. Heather Odle-Dusseau said, “We are excited for what this new major can provide for students at Gettysburg College, and are grateful for the ability this gift will give us to continue to build our offerings for current and future students.”
Yates explained that “the $3.5 million commitment will establish an endowment in support of the Business, Organizations, and Management major, which will ensure the new major benefits from a healthy flow of funding, allowing it to grow in the years ahead as student demand continues to increase.”
The gift also has the portion of a matching contribution where Brennan will match gifts that meet certain “giving minimums,” according to Yates. Each of the funds requires a different gift amount over the next five years to achieve their goals. For example, to acquire new faculty positions for accounting and marketing, the department would need to receive $1.5 and $1.25 million gifts respectively.
“In the development of our new Business, Organizations, and Management major, our Management faculty worked thoughtfully and intentionally to provide an offering fully grounded in the liberal arts,” said Yates. “Their innovative design has resulted in a dynamic new major that challenges students to grow in their intellectual boldness, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurial thinking, as well as in their practice of socially responsible management.”