Attracting and Retaining those Who Advance Global Thought Leadership and Management ($25 Million)

Thunderbird's core faculty is a small but commanding group that has always been on the cutting edge of education. Skilled and innovative in their teaching methods, Thunderbird faculty are recognized the world over as consultants and groundbreaking researchers with global best business practices and have helped establish Thunderbird as the #1 school in "international business".

The opportunity before us will enable Thunderbird to leverage our outstanding faculty and reputation to make a difference in the world. By establishing an endowment focused on enhancing our faculty, Thunderbird can become the center for the world's most advanced global thinking and management practices for students, alumni, businesses and organizations. As a driving force in Global Thought Leadership, Thunderbird will lead the charge for the practice of global management and help others pursue sustainable prosperity.

To achieve this vision, resources are necessary to retain and continue to attract additional global thought leaders, prominent in their fields and known for excellence in teaching and research. Gifts for professorships and chairs will facilitate and expand the development of relevant and significant research by our world-class faculty.



Building an endowment of $20 million for professorships and chairs would generate approximately $1 million each year and serve to support the teaching, research and leadership efforts of approximately 15 faculty members.

Endowed chairs are created with a gift that is invested, and the investment earnings are used each year for faculty compensation and other costs in perpetuity. Chairs are also funded by annual contributions (sometimes for a specified number of years). The chair can be for a specific area of academic expertise, such as finance, international development or marketing.

To recognize donors, the chair carries the donor's name. For chairs funded by annual contributions, the chair is named for the donor during the period for which the school receives an annual gift. Donors of $1,000 or more are also recognized through membership in the Thunderbird Global Leadership Society. Members of the society are highlighted in the school's Annual Report to donors and are invited to special events hosted by the school.

List of Donor Investments in Faculty

Barrett, Edgar M. - J. Kenneth & Jeannette Seward Chair in Global Strategy, Emeritus

Bowen, David - Robert and Katherine Herberger Chair in Global Management

Carney, Carmen - Director, The Garvin Center for Cultures & Languages of International Management

Cavinato, Joseph - ISM Professor of Supply Chain Management

Ettenson, Richard - Thelma H. Kieckhefer Research Fellow in Global Brand Marketing

Guthery, Dennis - Professor Emeritus - Goodyear Professor of Industrial Marketing

Hisrich, Robert - Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship

Inkpen, Andrew - J. Kenneth and Jeannette Seward Chair in Global Strategy & Professor of Management

Javidan, Mansour - Dean of Research and Garvin Distinguished Professor

Moffett, Michael - Continental Grain Professorship in Finance

O'Connell, John - C.V. Starr Chair of International Risk Management

Ramaswamy, Kannan - William D. Hacker Chair Professor of Management

Unruh, Gregory - Director, The Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management