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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 JohnsonUpper 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
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 message.”

Dean Rajiv Grover Thanking George Johnson for his Generous ContributionsDean 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.

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