from the heart
friends and alumni tout the rewards of supporting the school
that nurtured their success
Donald P. Jacobs Center is a fitting tribute to Don Jacobs'
26-year tenure as dean. More than $8 million has been
raised from alumni, friends and corporate donors for the
come with guarantees.
that, most Kellogg Graduate School of Management alums would
agree that an investment in education is one of the safest
bets one can make. Why else spend tens of thousands of dollars
to obtain an MBA or any other degree?
alums don't stop there, however. Even after they graduate,
many continue to reinvest in the school that gave them their
Filstrup '67 is among them.
remembers when Phil Kotler, then a rising star in Kellogg's
Marketing Department, received one of the school's first endowed
professorships, the Harold T. Martin Chair in Marketing, in
saw the benefits of that, and it was amazing," says Filstrup,
a former student of Kotler's. "The chair enabled him
to focus on what he does best -- teaching, writing and interacting
with the students. He grew to become one of the premier marketing
professors in the world, and the Martins helped make that
resolved that, at an appropriate time, he would make a significant
financial reinvestment in the school. He saw the opportunity
to contribute to the Dean's Technology Fund in 1999 with appreciated
stock. Two years later, he and his wife, Margee, provided
funding to name a study-group room in the new wing in the
Donald P. Jacobs Center.
Margee and I feel it's a real honor to do this," Filstrup
says. "Ever since I graduated from Kellogg, I realized
there were alums and others who had been very generous toward
the school, and that they had created opportunities for me
and other students to excel. I certainly wanted to do the
same for Kellogg. We truly can make a positive impact."
is in good company. Kellogg could not operate without the
generosity of its friends and alumni, more than a quarter
of whom contribute to the school each year, according to Development
Director Liz Livingston Howard '93.
they give to the Kellogg school when there are so many other
institutions appealing for their philanthropic dollars? The
reasons are as varied as the individuals who give. Some want
to see Kellogg grow in a particular area. Others want to make
new opportunities available to future generations of students.
The strongest motivator, however, is pride.
really want to keep the tradition going, take Kellogg to the
next level," Filstrup says. "You've got to keep
evolving, progressing, innovating, staying on top."
the study-group room contributing directly to that effort.
"Students play such an important role at Kellogg, and
this room will provide an atmosphere in which they can come
up with neat ideas," Filstrup says. "It will be
a significant place for them to create those concepts that
will make Kellogg and themselves even better."
place for a real estate school
to see Kellogg excel certainly was a motivating factor for
William '59 and Kathryn "Lou" Guthrie '86, who donated
funding several years ago to create the school's Guthrie Center
for Real Estate Research.
sought to strengthen Kellogg's real estate curriculum, as
well as provide a continuing source of expertise for research
and teaching in the field.
a real estate perspective, Chicago is a wonderful city,"
says Lou Guthrie. "Real estate development, rental and
sales are very, very strong here. We have a great school,
and it's a great place to have a real estate school."
should know about the local real estate scene. She is a general
partner in Guthrie Partners, through which the family owns
and manages industrial warehouses and retail stores.
is the logical place for the Guthries to focus their efforts.
In addition to Lou and William, three other members of the
family hold Kellogg degrees: son Bruce M. Guthrie '92 and
daughters-in-law Grace Garvin Guthrie '86 and Christine McCarthy
Guthrie '00. Not surprisingly, Lou Guthrie feels a strong
connection to the school. "I like the people, I like
the way the school is run and I like everything about it,"
a graduate of the Executive Master's Program, enrolled at
Kellogg in mid-career. Her goal was to better understand the
increasingly complicated federal taxation policies affecting
her company. She left Kellogg with a host of additional business
skills -- the ability to write a business plan, negotiation
skills, and enhanced expertise as a manager.
much of what I learned, I have been able to apply," Guthrie
says. "Kellogg was a fascinating experience for me, and
I enjoyed it tremendously."
hopes the Center for Real Estate Research will enrich the
Kellogg experience for all students, particularly those interested
in pursuing careers in real estate.
didn't create the center for ego reasons," Guthrie says.
"We just really wanted to strengthen the real estate
program. We'd like the young folks who go to Kellogg to get
a good education in real estate. I'll feel very good about