University of Michigan

VICTORS FOR MICHIGAN
Campaign Leadership

CAMPAIGN CHAIR

Stephen M. RossStephen M. Ross
Campaign Chair

As the chairman and founder of Related Companies, Stephen M. Ross (BBA ’62, LLD Hon 2011) of New York City has a passion for developing spaces. At Michigan, he made the largest gift in university history to support, among other things, construction of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

To kick off the Victors for Michigan campaign, Ross again made university history with the largest gift ever—this time, supporting Michigan Athletics and the Ross School. Ross co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and, in 2008, received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership. He owns the Miami Dolphins.


CAMPAIGN VICE CHAIRS

Richard RogelRich Rogel
Campaign Vice Chair

The Office of Financial Aid's most generous supporter, Rich Rogel (BBA '70, LLD Hon '09) is chair of campaign fundraising for student support and for the U-M Health System. Rogel also travels globally to advance Michigan's research partnerships. A past president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, Rogel serves on the Alumni Association Campaign Committee, the President's Advisory Group, and advisory boards for myriad schools, colleges, and units.

He chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and received the inaugural David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2004. Rogel lives in Avon, Colorado, and is president of Tomay, Inc.

Alfred TaubmanA. Alfred Taubman
Campaign Vice Chair

In 1999, the late A. Alfred Taubman (Taubman College '48; LLD Hon '91) [1924–2015] of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, made the largest gift in history to any school of architecture nationwide, the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at U-M. The A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building was named in recognition of his transformative 2011 gift to U-M's Taubman Medical Research Institute.

Other campus namesakes include the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center, the Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the A. Alfred Taubman Galleries at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). Taubman received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2009 and was co-chair of the campaign for the U-M Health System.

Ron and Eileen WeiserAmbassador Ronald N. Weiser (ret.) and Eileen L. Weiser
Campaign Vice Chairs

Inspired by their years in the Slovak Republic, retired U.S. Ambassador Ronald N. Weiser (BBA '66) and Eileen L. Weiser (MMus '75) in 2008 established the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, both at LSA. While building these into premier programs, the Weisers have also given widely to Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Life, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and the U-M Medical School, where they established the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Food Allergy Fund.

Ambassador Weiser was instrumental in the founding of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and he currently serves on advisory boards for both the Ross School's Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Food Allergy Center. With degrees in piano performance, musician Eileen Weiser has served on the University Musical Society Board of Directors.

A past executive director of the McKinley Foundation, and a past member of the Governing Board for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (also known as the Nation's Report Card), she is serving her second term on Michigan's State Board of Education. Eileen works to advance the arts, digital learning, and STEM education in Michigan's K–12 schools.

Helen ZellHelen Zell
Campaign Vice Chair

The tremendous philanthropic impact of Helen Zell (AB '64, LHD Hon ’13) of Chicago reflects her lifelong passion for great literature. As executive director of the Zell Family Foundation, the former English major has made the largest gift ever received by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). It is widely believed to be, by far, the largest gift ever made in support of a university creative writing program.

Zell's steadfast vision and philanthropy during the past decade have helped establish the Helen Zell Writers' Program as a premier creative writing program nationally. Zell was an honorary co-chair of the Michigan Difference campaign.


CAMPAIGN DEPUTY CHAIRS

Donald C. Graham and Ingrid Arnesen GrahamDonald C. and Ingrid A. Graham
Campaign Deputy Chairs

Donald C. Graham (BSE IO ’55, MSE ’56, DEngHon ’09) founded Graham Engineering in 1960 and now chairs the Graham Group, an alliance of industrial businesses and investment management firms. Ingrid A. Graham (BSDes ’57) is a painter and graphic designer. At U-M, they have extended their involvement and support to the Graham Sustainability Institute, scholarships and initiatives in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, the Sam Graham Trees trail, and more.

The Grahams' exceptional support for the College of Engineering established the Graham Laboratories for nanofabrication, endowed professorships, and a number of scholarships. An honorary member of the College of Engineering Campaign Committee and a member of the U-M President's Advisory Group, Don received the College's Alumni Medal for extraordinary achievement in 2005. The Grahams were honorary co-chairs of the Michigan Difference campaign. Residents of York, Penn., they champion numerous causes in their community and around the world, ranging from higher education and museums to horticulture and conservation.

Penny and E. Roe StampsPenny W. and E. Roe Stamps
Campaign Deputy Chairs

Philanthropists Penny W. Stamps (BSDes '66, TeachCert '66) and E. Roe Stamps are the most generous donors ever to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, named for her in September 2012. The couple's support of the school has established merit scholarships and launched such initiatives as the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series, bringing creative thinkers to campus and the community from around the world, and Work·Ann Arbor, a State Street gallery exhibiting works primarily by undergraduates.

Additionally, the couple has established a merit scholarship program for undergraduates at nearly 40 schools nationwide, including about 72 Stamps Scholars each year at U-M. Also at Michigan, Penny Stamps chairs the Dean's Advisory Council for the Stamps School. She is a member of the President's Advisory Group and the School of Education Dean's Advisory Council. She co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2005.

E. Roe Stamps, a graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School, is a founding managing director of the Boston-based growth private equity investment firm Summit Partners. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Council at the Stamps School. The couple lives in Miami, Florida.


CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE

Bert Askwith

The late Bert Askwith (AB ’31) [1911–2015], founder and president of Campus Coach Lines and a former Michigan Daily editor, strongly supported U-M journalism programs including the Knight-Wallace Fellows and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Askwith also generously supported the University Musical Society; the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship, honoring President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman; food allergy research at the School of Public Health and at the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center; and Bert's Café, Bert’s Study Lounge, and the Askwith Media Library at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

J. Robert and Betty J. Beyster

Support for the College of Engineering from the late J. Robert Beyster (BSE Math ’45, BSE Physics ’45, MS Physics ’47, PhD Physics ’50) [1924–2014] included the largest gift ever dedicated to fellowships in the College. The Beyster Fellowship Program is designed to fund up to 10 doctoral students each year. Beyster, who founded the country’s largest employee-owned research and engineering firm, Science Applications International Corporation, also made possible a class on employee ownership through the Center for Entrepreneurship at U-M. He was a dedicated member of the campaign committee for the College of Engineering.

Betty J. Beyster holds a B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, where she majored in education and sociology. Having a longstanding interest in healthcare and education, and because of her concern about the current shortage of nurses in our nation, Betty helped launch the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation at the University of San Diego. At Michigan, the College of Engineering named the Computer Science and Engineering Building the Bob and Betty Beyster Building in recognition of the Beysters’ immense support.

Jeff T. Blau 

Jeff T. Blau (BBA '90) of New York City is the CEO and a general partner of Related Companies, where he has built his career since graduating from U-M. Blau serves on the Stephen M. Ross School of Business Advisory Board, co-chairs the Tri-State Campaign Leadership Council, and serves as a Young Friend of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. His significant support for the building of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business led to the naming of the Ross School’s Blau Auditorium.

Paul W. and Amy A. Blavin

Through generous support to Student Life and the Office of Financial Aid, Paul (BBA ’86) and Amy Blavin of Los Angeles founded U-M’s Blavin Scholars Program, which annually benefits more than 25 students formerly in foster care. The couple also supports Michigan Athletics, the School of Social Work, and the U-M Health System. The Blavins serve on the Parent and Family Development Leadership Council and the Student Life Campaign Council; Paul serves on the Alumni Association Campaign Committee. The founder and CEO of Graceful Light Entertainment, he previously co-founded the private investment partnership PWB Value Partners, L.P. In Los Angeles, Paul serves on the board of directors for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Helping Young People Excel, and the Teen Project, and Amy serves on the board of trustees for the New Community Jewish High School. Sharing an interest in producing films with a social impact, the Blavins recently executive-produced the documentary “The Hunting Ground” examining sexual assault on college campuses.

William K. and Delores Brehm

William K. Brehm (BS '50, MS '52, LLDHon '13) built his career in business and public service. Former teacher Delores (Dee) Brehm received a B.A. in special education in 1952 and an honorary Doctor of Education degree in 2013, both from Eastern Michigan University. At U-M, the couple plays a vital role in advancements all across campus, having created professorships, fellowships, prizes, and scholarships; ensured the quality of patients' lives through support for art and music therapy; contributed lead gifts for facilities, medical research, and the arts; and more.

They founded the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research and Analysis, also giving it a home: the Brehm Tower at the Kellogg Eye Center. They established the Brehm Scholarship Program for talented graduates of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan. And they made the lead gift for the upcoming renovation and expansion of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The Brehms recently moved from McLean, Virginia, to Ann Arbor. Bill serves on the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Campaign Advisory Committee and the Health System Advisory Group.

Robert M. and Susan C. Brown

Robert M. Brown (BSE IO '63) and Susan C. Brown (AB '63) are part of a long history of family ties to U-M. The couple's commitment has helped ensure a dynamic future for initiatives all across campus, including at the U-M Cancer Center, the U-M Medical School, C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, Michigan Athletics, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, UMMA, the College of Engineering, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

A former vice chair of the Michigan Difference campaign, Bob serves on the President's Advisory Group and the campaign committee for the College of Engineering. Susan is a member of UMMA's National Leadership Council and campaign councils for the U-M Depression Center and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The two received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2009. Bob is founder and CEO of the real estate company Treystar, and Susan owns Susan Brown Interiors. They live in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Karen W. Davidson

Karen W. Davidson (BGS '89) of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, serves on the board of the William Davidson Foundation, namesake of her late husband. In recognition of the foundation's generosity to U-M, the William Davidson Player Development Center was named in 2012 for William Davidson (BBA '47, LLD Hon '01), who also held Juris Doctor and honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Wayne State University.

Karen actively continues his legacy of U-M support, serving on the President's Advisory Group, the Leadership Advisory Board of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, and the Board of Directors of U-M's William Davidson Institute. In addition, she serves on numerous Detroit-area boards supporting health, science, and the arts.

Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg

Loyal longtime U-M champions Frances (ABEd ’64, TeachCert ’64) and Kenneth (AB ’64) Eisenberg of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., have established scholarships, created programs, and supported initiatives across campus, including in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where Kenneth is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Campaign Leadership Committee; the School of Education, where Frances serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council; the Department of Athletics; and the Center for the Education of Women. Passionate about the mission of research and discovery at the U-M Health System (UMHS)—where Kenneth is a member of the UMHS Advisory Group—the Eisenbergs have established a research fund in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and they are dedicated friends of the Emerging Scholars Program at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, where Kenneth serves on the Advisory Board. He is chair and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corporation, and Frances is the owner of Pembroke Interiors.

David S. and Joan E. Evans

Private equity investor David S. Evans (BGS ’85) of Wilmette, Illinois, is chairman and CIO of Glencoe Capital Holdings, LLC, as well as chair and CIO of the Chicago-based firm Stockwell Capital. He and Joan E. Evans (AB ’87), a school psychologist, serve on the LSA Dean’s Advisory Council, the School of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the Alumni Association Campaign Committee. In addition, David is a member of the Health System Advisory Group.

The Evanses’ vision and generosity has resulted in the Louis B. Evans Professorship in LSA’s Department of History, support for the Child Behavior Health and Autism Clinic at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and the launch of the innovative TeachingWorks program in the School of Education, for which Joan sits on the Board of Advisors. The Evanses have also provided generous annual support for the Alumni Association’s Mott Family Program at Camp Michigania. They are the proud parents of Joey, LSA Class of 2017, and Jonathan, a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Domenic J. and Molly Ferrante

Domenic J. (AB ’88) and Molly Ferrante of Naples, Florida, have long been passionate supporters of diverse initiatives across campus. The couple’s recent gift to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts expanded the Ferrante Scholarship Fund and will create a scholarship group benefiting exemplary students with financial need. At the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, they founded the Ferrante Business Scholarship Fund, an endowed scholarship fund for students pursuing a B.B.A. The couple has also provided continued support for the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus

Domenic currently serves as managing partner of the Ferrante Group. He previously served as a managing director of Bain Capital, where he founded its hedge fund affiliate, Brookside Capital. He is active in nonprofit work, including positions with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, and the U-M Investment Advisory Committee. Together, the Ferrantes are active volunteers in their community and support humanitarian efforts around the globe.

Nathan and Catherine Forbes

Nathan Forbes (AB ’85) of Franklin, Michigan, is managing partner of The Forbes Company, a nationally recognized developer, owner, and manager of luxury shopping destinations. He is also part-owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He and his wife, Catherine Forbes, are members of the Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council, of which Nathan serves as chair. Catherine received a bachelor of arts in retail marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on the UMMA National Leadership Council for the U-M Museum of Art. Together, the pair has strongly supported UMMA Glow, the museum’s biennial signature gala honoring and raising funds for important exhibitions and programs. Nathan and Catherine have generously supported the Varsity Tennis Center, the Al Glick Field House, and the Michigan Stadium. They contributed a lead gift to the Michigan Athletics campus project. In 2015, they each received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership.

Sidney and Madeline Forbes

Longtime Detroit-area philanthropists and dedicated U-M friends Madeline and Sidney Forbes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., are proud Wolverine parents who generously support the U-M Health System, Department of Athletics, and U-M Museum of Art. In one recent example of the family’s deep engagement with the university, the Forbes Company partnered with the U-M Health System (UMHS)—where Sidney serves on the UMHS Advisory Group—to co-host the 2013 Maize and Blue Go Pink event, a tailgate that raised funds for breast cancer research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sidney founded The Forbes Company in 1966; its portfolio includes the Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich., and several distinctive centers throughout Florida. Sidney’s distinguished history of philanthropy in the Detroit area includes generous support for the arts, medical research, and education. He is a director emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and honorary director of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Madeline is a trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Stanley D. Frankel

Stanley D. Frankel (AB ’63, MBA ’64) of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, heads the Troy-based real estate development company Frankel Associates. He has contributed significant support to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, LSA’s Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, where he serves on the campaign council. Frankel was a vice chair of the Michigan Difference campaign and received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2008.

Judith C. and David G. Frey

Judith C. Frey (ABEd '59, TeachCert '59) and David G. Frey live in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Judy has served as mayor, school board president, small business owner, consultant, community volunteer, and activist. She is currently an associate at the leadership coaching and consulting practice Pondera Advisors. At Michigan, Judy serves on the Dean's Advisory Committee in the School of Education, and she co-chaired the School of Education Campaign Committee during the Michigan Difference campaign.

David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. He is the former chairman and CEO of Union Bancorp, now JP Morgan Chase, and is chair of the Frey Foundation. At Michigan, David served as a vice chair of the Michigan Difference campaign. The Freys and the Frey Foundation have provided generous support to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Education, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

J. Ira and Nicki Harris

J. Ira Harris (BBA '59, LLD Hon 2012) of Palm Beach, Florida, is chair of the financial consulting firm J.I. Harris & Associates. He is a member of the President's Advisory Group, the Investment Advisory Committee, and the Leadership Advisory Board of the Taubman Medical Research Institute. Nicki Harris, who attended the University of Colorado, is vice president of several family foundations and serves on the board of numerous arts organizations, foundations, and educational institutions nationwide.At U-M, the couple and their family foundations generously fund student scholarships, professorships, named chairs, buildings, facilities, medical research, a sports journalism fellowship, a center for the study of corporate finance, and more, in such diverse schools and units as the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Michigan Athletics, LSA, Rackham Graduate School, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. They were honorary co-chairs of the Michigan Difference campaign.

Mike J. and Sue M. Jandernoa

The former chair and CEO of healthcare supplier Perrigo Company and a co-founder of Bridge Street Capital Partners, Mike J. Jandernoa (BBA '72) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, brings his business expertise to numerous groups dedicated to boosting the state's economy. At U-M, Mike co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and currently serves as co-chair of the West Michigan Campaign Leadership Council.  He also chaired the Stephen M. Ross School of Business Visiting Committee and is a member of the President's Advisory Group. In 2007, he received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership.

Former teacher Sue M. Jandernoa, a Central Michigan University graduate, is a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and the West Michigan Horticultural Society. She serves on the First Steps Commission and Children's Leadership Council of Michigan. Together, the Jandernoas founded Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring. Through the years, they have generously supported the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Life Sciences Institute, the School of Education, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

David B. and Meredith H. Kaplan

David B. Kaplan (BBA '89) and Meredith H. Kaplan (AB '92) of Los Angeles passionately support U-M Athletics and diverse initiatives forging collaboration between the university and Israel. In addition to providing the lead gift for the UM / Israel Partnership for Research, they have supported the Michigan Stadium Renovation, created a scholarship for student-athletes in men's basketball, and contributed significant support to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

David, a former U-M cheerleader, has served on the Alumni Board of Governors at the Ross School of Business and currently serves on the President's Advisory Group. He is a co-founder and senior partner at Ares Management, an alternative asset management firm; a trustee of both the Center for Early Education in West Hollywood, California, and the Marlborough School in Los Angeles; and a member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Meredith is the founder and CEO of Gratus Beverly Hills, a full-service women's apparel boutique, and an active volunteer at schools and nonprofits in the Los Angeles area.

Bryan P. and Kathleen M. Marsal

Bryan P. Marsal (BBA ’73, MBA ’75) and Kathleen M. Marsal (ABEd ’72, TeachCert ’72) of Bedford, N.Y., express their passion for the university through generous gifts primarily to the Department of Athletics and the School of Education. The Marsals’ dedication to Michigan Athletics has led them to create a scholarship fund, contribute to the construction of world-class practice facilities, and support the Coach Carr Cancer Fund at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. At the School of Education, where Kathleen serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Marsals’ vision and generosity help ensure outstanding training for future classroom teachers, top-flight career services for education students, and meaningful engagement with local K–12 schools.

A former vice president at Citibank, Kathleen serves on the board of directors for the Gladney Center of Adoption. Bryan is the co-founder, CEO, and managing director of corporate-turnaround firm Alvarez & Marsal. The Marsals are proud parents of two grown children, Michael and Megan (ABEd ’14).

Michele D. May and David R. Walt

Michele D. May (BBA ’74) and David R. Walt (BS ’74) of Boston generously support U-M. In the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), they established the May-Walt Science Scholars Fund, Sylvia B. May Scholarship Fund, and Michele May and David Walt Dean’s Scholarship Fund; in the Life Sciences Institute (LSI), the Walt-May Graduate Student and Fellow Fund and the Innovation Partnership Fund. They also support the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in LSA’s Department of Chemistry.

A former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bain Capital, Michele serves on the President’s Advisory Group at U-M. In Boston, she is on the board of directors of Rosie’s Place, which supports homeless and poor women, and Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, which seeks to bring the best science to fisheries management and stimulate the local economy. David, founder of Illumina Inc. and co-founder of Quanterix Corporation, serves on the LSI Scientific Advisory Board and the LSI Leadership Council. At Tufts University, he is University Professor, Founding Director of the Institute for Innovation, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Paul M. and Susan B. Meister

Paul M. Meister (AB '74) of Hampton, New Hampshire, is co-founder and CEO of Liberty Lane Partners and chair and CEO of inVentiv Health, Inc. A member of the LSI Leadership Council at the Life Sciences Institute, he co-chairs its external advisory board. He also chairs the Provost's Advisory Committee for the university.

The work of Susan B. Meister (BSN '74, PhD '82) focuses on clinical research's contributions to child health policymaking. The founding chair of the Board of Advisors for the Child Health and Evaluation Research unit at the U-M Medical School, she is a member of the President's Advisory Group and the U-M Health System Advisory Group.

Through their philanthropy, the Meisters have made an enormous impact on the work of the Life Sciences Institute, the U-M Health System, the U-M Medical School, the School of Nursing, LSA, and Michigan Athletics. Co-chairs of the New England Campaign Leadership Council, they received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2008.

Douglas F. Meijer

Having joined his family’s retail business at age 12, Doug Meijer (BBA ’76) co-chairs Meijer, Inc., the Grand Rapids, Michigan–based retailer operating more than 200 superstores in six states. He supports his alma mater through his and the Meijer Foundation’s generous ongoing philanthropy to such areas as Michigan Athletics and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and through fundraising committee service in western Michigan. Beyond U-M, Meijer serves on the boards of numerous nonprofits, including Blessings in a Backpack, where he recently served as chair.

Hank and Liesel Meijer

Hank (AB ’73) and Liesel (AB ’89) Meijer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, are making an impact at U-M through their participation in committees across campus and in western Michigan and through the philanthropy of the Meijer Foundation. Areas of support include the Bentley Historical Library; the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and student scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid. Hank is co-chair of Meijer Inc., operating more than 200 superstores in six states; Liesel (Litzenburger) is author of the novels The Widower and Now You Love Me (Random House). A professor who taught English and creative writing and volunteers in state and national arts programs, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International for work on behalf of Sudanese immigrants in Grand Rapids. At U-M, Hank serves on the President’s Advisory Group, the Ford School Committee, the English Department Advisory Board, the Michigan Bicentennial Advisory Committee, and the Victors for Michigan campaign councils at the Ford School and the Bentley.

Peter C. and Carolyn P. Mertz

With their longtime significant commitments of time, talent, and resources, Peter (BS ’74, MBA ’81) and Carolyn Mertz of Hanover, New Hampshire, are creating a lasting legacy at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and U-M Health System’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Peter is co-founder, chair, CEO, and chief investment officer of Global Forest Partners LP, a private equity advisory firm making institutional investments in sustainable forestry. At SNRE, he serves as chair of the national Victors for Michigan campaign committee and a member of the visiting committee. He is also a member of the national advisory board for the Congenital Heart Center at Mott and an emeritus member of the Erb Institute’s external advisory board. Peter serves on the board of trustees of the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. Carolyn serves on the board of trustees of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Jane C. and Daniel S. Och

Jane Caplan Och (BBA ’86, M Acc ’86), a former associate at Goldman Sachs, is a third-generation Wolverine. A member of the President’s Advisory Group and the BBA Advisory Board at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Jane served on the Tri-State Major Gifts Committee during the Michigan Difference campaign. Daniel Och in 1994 founded what has become one of the world’s largest institutional alternative asset managers, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, where he serves as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. The couple’s philanthropic legacy at Michigan includes generous support for the expansion and renovation of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, which led to the naming of the school’s Och Fitness Center. They also contributed vital resources to the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, helping to increase seating capacity and provide concession areas, guest facilities, and media space. The Ochs live in Scarsdale, New York.

Mary L. Petrovich

Mary L. Petrovich (BSE IO '85) of West Bloomfield, Michigan, is operating executive of The Carlyle Group. At Michigan, she has contributed mightily to the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, Michigan Stadium, the William Davidson Player Development Center, the School of Kinesiology, and the College of Engineering, where she serves on the Campaign Planning Task Force. Petrovich also serves on the President's Advisory Group. A former softball team captain for Coach Carol Hutchins, she presides over the Letterwinners M Club.

Sanford R. and Jeanne Robertson

Sanford R. Robertson (BBA '53, MBA '54) is a founding partner of the private equity firm Francisco Partners. He co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and serves as honorary co-chair of the Bay Area Campaign Leadership Council. A member of the President's Advisory Group and the Investment Advisory Committee, he received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2010.

Jeanne Robertson, a Northwestern University graduate, is a leader in healthcare and a national advocate for psychiatric research. A director and former chair of the UCSF Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco, she serves on the National Advisory Board for the U-M Depression Center. In addition, the couple generously supports a multitude of diverse initiatives on campus, including at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. They live in San Francisco.

Susan Rogel

Through her unsurpassed support with husband Rich Rogel to the Office of Financial Aid, Susan Rogel of Avon, Colorado, has helped hundreds of outstanding students with financial need to attend U-M: nearly 500 non-residents of Michigan, plus many Detroit residents. A respiratory therapist by training, Rogel also supports the U-M Health System, the School of Social Work, LSA, the Ross School of Business, Michigan Athletics, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She serves on the Alumni Association Campaign Committee.

Craig R. and Susan L. Sincock

Craig R. Sincock (BBA’73), CEO of Avfuel Corporation, and Susan L. Sincock (BA Ed ’77, Teach Cert ’77), take an active interest in a wide array of philanthropic activities—including educational and community initiatives with an extensive focus on research programs through the University of Michigan Health System.

Together, they established The Susan L. and Craig R. Sincock Scholars’ Endowment Fund, which annually provides early-career grants that benefit the research of faculty members looking to establish advancements in the medical community for the betterment of patient care. The endowment recipients receive additional government and private grants that build sustainable research programs that will yield a lifetime of contributions to medicine and society.

Through this endeavor, Mr. and Mrs. Sincock have sponsored 22 physicians/scientists encompassing more than two dozen research projects in the last seven years, including new discovery projects for cancer research (prostate, pancreatic, leukemia, lymphoma) Alzheimer’s disease and pediatric organ transplants through Mott’s Children Hospital.

Stephen W. and Karen Sanger

In 2015, Stephen W. (MBA ’70) and Karen Sanger of Wayzata, Minnesota, established the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, transforming the school’s leadership development program. Through four signature initiatives, three learning communities, and a variety of skill-based workshops, the Sanger Leadership Center currently serves more than 3,000 students across eight academic programs at Ross. The center is guided by the Michigan Model of Leadership, emphasizing empathy, drive, integrity, and courage.

In 2016, Steve returned to campus to serve as a judge for one of the center’s initiatives, the Sanger Leadership Center Crisis Challenge, during which MBA students encounter a significant business crisis and learn to lead in difficult times—a seminal event for many students.

Steve was CEO of General Mills until his retirement in 2007 and chair of the board of directors until 2008. Karen taught secondary school before becoming an attorney with a specialty in small business law. Together, the Sangers have shown longtime advocacy and support for U-M. For decades, the couple has faithfully contributed to both the Ross School and the Athletics Department.

Lizzie S. and Jonathan M. Tisch

Elizabeth (Lizzie) S. Tisch (AB ’94) is a member of the U-M President’s Advisory Group. She and Jonathan M. Tisch live in New York City, where Lizzie chairs the Friends of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, serves on the Board of Directors at Citymeals-on-Wheels, and co-founded the member-based boutique retail concept Suite 1521, connecting an exclusive fashion clientele with emerging international designers.

Jonathan is chairman of Loews Hotels and co-chairman of the board of its parent company, Loews Corporation. A co-owner of the New York Giants, he serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Tufts University. At Michigan Stadium, the university named the Joan and Bob Tisch Tower in 2012 in recognition of the longtime loyal support of Jon’s parents. Lizzie and Jon have contributed to the J. Ira Harris Lecture Fund at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the James M. Gartenberg Memorial Fund in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. They serve as Young Friends of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute.

Jim Wigginton

Jim Wigginton of Belleville, Michigan, aspires to make U-M the worldwide leader in thyroid cancer treatment and research. In honor of his late wife, Nancy (Lucas) Wigginton (affectionately known as “Punya”), he has established two endowed professorships and the Punya Thyroid Cancer Endowed Fund at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wigginton serves as managing partner of the private equity firm True North Equity (TNE), vice chair of IFS Group, LLC, and a board member of Inland Pipe Rehabilitation. He also chairs the World Kang Duk Won Federation.

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