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Joel Tauber Expands Campaign Commitment to More Than $4 Million

5/29/2007 --

Gifts to the Ross School and Tauber Institute for Global Operations are among the generous alum's U-M contributions.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.óWith his latest campaign contributions, Joel D. Tauber (BBA '56, JD '59, MBA '63), vice chair of The Michigan Difference: A Campaign for Michigan, continues to demonstrate his commitment to the University of Michigan across a range of areas.

Recent gifts by Tauber and the Tauber Family Foundation include substantial construction support of the Ross School of Business and the U-M Law School. In recognition, the Ross School will name one of its new first-floor tiered classrooms the Joel D. Tauber Classroom, and the law school's Hutchins Hall will feature the Tauber Family Classroom with plaques honoring Tauber, his late father, Benjamin (LLB '30), and his son, Brian (MBA '92, JD '92). In addition, Tauber's generosity will benefit the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

"I was pleased to give to business, law and athletics because they all touched my life so intimately while I was at the University," said Tauber, whose campaign commitments now exceed $4 million.

His significant commitment also provides support for the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations, a partnership among industry, the Ross School and College of Engineering to develop strong business leaders who understand complex operational issues and the technical aspects of production.

"What motivated my increased gift to the institute was to create a change in its status," Tauber said. "It was originally conceived in a narrow sense of manufacturing 11 years ago. The industry has changed since then, and we need to be truly global if we're going to deliver the services required of our students and demanded by industry."

Tauber is a 2005 recipient of the U-M David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership and a 1998 recipient of the Ross School's David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award.



For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847
E-mail: bernied@umich.edu