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About the Gift

Why Change the Name of the School?

At the University of Michigan, the decision to name an institution or a building is comprised of several factors. A naming may recognize the transformational impact of a gift on the mission of a school, as is true of the Ross gift, or it may honor a relationship that is particularly apt to the school’s academic mission.

The Business School at the University of Michigan was one of the few remaining top business schools in the country that was not named. “Naming the Business School has the power to build upon and enhance the school’s reputation,” says Dean Robert J. Dolan. “It is fitting that this institution bears the name of its most generous benefactor. The Ross name stands for an unparalleled commitment to excellence, an enduring sense of civic responsibility and business brilliance. In naming the school for Steve Ross, we will reflect these values.”

Other named schools at the University of Michigan:

  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy was named in 2000 to honor Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States and a 1935 graduate of the U-M.
  • The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies was named for Horace and Mary Rackham to recognize their giving for research fellowships, faculty research grants, programs and the funds to build the Rackham Building, which was dedicated in 1938.
  • The A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning was named in 1999 in recognition of a $30 million gift to the school.