FCBE Alumnus, George Johnson, Makes Generous Donation
For release: April 9, 2013
Upper Row (Left to Right): Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, Associate Dean for Academic Programs;
Adam Walker, Senior Director of Development; Dr. Tom Miller, Associate Dean for Administration
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Dr. Rajiv Grover, Dean; George Johnson
Last week George Johnson, FCBE alumnus and President of BJB Administrative Services,
made a significant commitment of $875,000 to the college by agreeing to support four
premier excellence programs. The donation will be paid out in five equal annual installments
of $175,000 to reward faculty and staff for outstanding performance and encourage
the pursuit of excellence.
“I want to do what I can to help build up the business school and challenge other
business leaders to do the same,” Johnson said during a ceremony Thursday announcing
the gift. “The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is a gem in our community
and this is my way to help promote it.”
George Johnson Signing Pledge Agreements
Johnson, a longtime supporter of his alma mater, in 2010 received the Outstanding
Alumnus award from the business school for his professional achievements and his dedication
to the college. His financial gift will be used to reward top-level faculty and offer
incentives for staffers to excel in their jobs.
The donation will be used to fund four distinct programs over the next five years.
Recipients will be determined by a committee of FCBE alumni, board members, faculty
and staff members.
Five “Distinguished Professorship” awards worth $10,000 each will be given to overall
outstanding faculty members.
Five “Research/Teaching/Service” awards worth $10,000 each will be given to professors
who make exemplary contributions in one of those areas. There will be three research
honorees, one teaching honoree and one service honoree each year.
Ten publication awards worth $5,000 each will be distributed to faculty members who
publish articles in top tier academic journals.
Two staff enrichment awards worth $5,000 each will be given to non-faculty employees
who exceed performance duties.
An additional $15,000 will be used each year for professional development and appreciation
programs for faculty and staff.
“This is a huge help and will serve as a great motivator for our professors and workers,”
said Rajiv Grover, Fogelman College dean. “It shows our people that supporters outside
our academic community believe in the job we’re doing here and that sends a positive
Dean Rajiv Grover Thanking George Johnson for his Generous Contributions
Excerpts used from Commercial Appeal article published on April 5, 2013 by business
reporter, James Dowd.