Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Gifts to the Willamette Fund help provide Atkinson Graduate School of Management students with an MBA experience that is recognized nationally and internationally for the unique excellence of its programs, the quality of its students, and the talent of its faculty. Read more to learn how your support made an important difference in the continued success of Willamette’s MBA program during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Unrestricted support for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Total raised: $33,791.70
Number of donors: 118

Below are some highlights and examples that demonstrate the many ways your gift to the Willamette Fund made a difference to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management during the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • In August 2013 the MBA for Professionals program moved into its new Portland Center in the Pearl District. The new facility, in the historic riverTec building, offers larger spaces for student-faculty interaction and state-of-the-art technology in two classrooms and an expanded conference room.
  • In October 2013 the Atkinson School was named to Oregon Business Magazine's "Best 100 Nonprofit Organizations" for the School's dedication to providing a supportive workplace for staff and faculty and commitment to its mission. The magazine later named the Atkinson School to its list of Oregon's "Best 100 Green Organizations" for Willamette's commitment to sustainable practices.
  • In January 2014 the evening MBA for Professionals program graduated 49 new Willamette MBAs at its commencement ceremony. The class included representatives from Portland and Salem cohorts and represented the largest group of MBA for Professionals graduates to date.
  • In February 2014 Willamette MBA alumna Serilda Summers-McGee MBA '11 was named one of the Portland Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" honorees. The Willamette MBA program is title sponsor of the annual awards program, honoring the regions top young professionals.
  • In May 2014 Willamette MBA alumnus Neil Bergquist '09 MBA '10 was named a "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Association.
  • In May 2014 the Willamette MBA program graduated its largest class to date - 106 new MBAs - at the annual Early Career and Career Change MBA commencement ceremonies. Willamette alumnus and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, James Cuno, served as commencement speaker.

"My father always taught me to always leave things better than how you found them….giving back seems like a natural way to do just that! It is vital we pass along the history of what those before us generously did – and to provide the opportunity to advance ourselves through higher education. A dollar here and a dollar there may not change the University over night, but many hands make light work!"

- Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05, Alumni Board Member