This new column, written by capital campaign co-chairs Dennis Keller,’68, and Andrew Alper, A.B. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, will highlight campaign supporters, events, and news. "From the Chairs" will be a regular feature for the duration of the campaign.

T
he big news at the GSB this spring was the start of a five-year, $175 million capital campaign. The campaign kicked off March 1 with a black tie event on campus that was attended by nearly 200 individuals. A great group of alumni and friends of the school from around the country came to celebrate, and we were thrilled to announce that we have raised more than $80 million thus far, including a $12 million gift from Bob Rothman, ’77. (For more on Bob’s incredible gift, see “Major Gifts from Alumni Launch Capital Campaign.”) It was great to see current students at the event, including the Gross Prophets, an a cappella student group that serenaded us during dinner.

We’re pleased to co-chair a dynamic committee of volunteers. Lending their expertise to the steering committee are Jim Kilts, ’74, president and CEO, Nabisco Inc.; Jerry Levin, ’68, CEO, Sunbeam Corporation; Jim Lewis, ’70, chairman, The Geometry Group Inc.; Howard Marks, ’69, chairman, Oaktree Capital Management L.L.C.; and Robert McCormack, ’68, partner, Trident Capital L.P.

We’ve had a great start as alumni around the country hosted gatherings to celebrate and introduce the new campaign. Jerry Levin, ’68, and his wife, Carol, hosted a reception for 25 alumni and friends in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 23. Dean Hamada shared plans for the new integrated campus and introduced the campaign to a group that included Jim Nall, ’44; professor emeritus Sidney Davidson and his wife, Freda; and the volunteer leaders of the Miami alumni club.

In Naples, Florida, the GSB held a kickoff dinner attended by Sandy and Roger Vasey, ’70; Darlene and Hank Johnson, XP-19 (’65); and Mary and Bob Cadieux, ’69.

Thirteen alumni attended an evening at Spago Beverly Hills in March hosted by Nancy and Howard Marks, ’69. This was the first in a series of events meant to build ties among distinguished alumni in the Los Angeles area and to promote the capital campaign. Other alumni in attendance included Peter Barker, ’71; David Booth, ’71; Faye and Robert Davidson, ’69; Maggie and Brooks Dexter, ’84; Christine and Peter Kuyper, ’66; Bill Rogers, ’72; and Rosemary and Wally Booth, ’48.

Now that we’ve launched the campaign, we hope you’ll look for ways that you can be involved as together we make history for the GSB. For more information, contact Karen Gaillard at 773.834.0319.

To learn more about the campaign, take a look at related stories in this edition of Chicago GSB:

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Major Gifts from Alumni Launch Capital Campaign

*Making History: Chicago GSB Launches $175 Million Capital Campaign

* Blueprint for Success: The GSB's New Integrated Campus
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