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Meet some of the generous alumni who have made cumulative commitments of more than $1 million since the launch of the Rustandy Center.

Tandean Rustandy

Tandean Rustandy, ’07 (AXP-6)

Tandean Rustandy’s $20 million gift in 2017 has provided a solid foundation for the future of social impact at Chicago Booth. In recognition of his gift, Booth named the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation in his honor.

Rustandy leads Indonesia-based PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk, a publicly traded company on the Indonesian stock exchange that manufactures ceramic tiles and operates five plants. The company has been lauded repeatedly for its commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, including for building schools, hospitals, and roads. Rustandy is a university trustee and graduate of Booth’s Executive MBA Program Asia.

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John Edwardson

John Edwardson, ’72

With a $5 million gift in 2013, John Edwardson, ’72, helped establish a place for social impact at Chicago Booth and provided the financial foundation for the Social New Venture Challenge startup competition, which was named the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge in his honor. Three years later, Edwardson gave an additional $5 million gift to create the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Rustandy Center.

From 2001 to 2011, Edwardson was CEO and chairman of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based CDW, a computer equipment reseller. During his tenure at CDW, the company’s revenues grew from $3.8 billion to more than $10 billion. He also served as president of United Airlines from 1994 to 1998 and as president and COO from 1995 to 1998. He is a university trustee and previously chaired Booth’s alumni advisory board, known as the Council on Chicago Booth.

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Ron Tarrson

Ron Tarrson, ’72 (XP-31)

In 2017, Ron Tarrson helped create the Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship at the Rustandy Center to provide runway funding and mentorship to graduating students or recent alumni of the University of Chicago working full time on their social enterprises. The fellowship received matching funds from John Edwardson, ’72. In 2019, Tarrson made a $1 million gift to establish the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund—one of the largest student-managed impact investing funds in the country.

Tarrson, now managing partner and director of Santa Fe, New Mexico–based Santa Fe Aero Services, helped his father and uncle turn the John O. Butler Company, a small toothbrush manufacturer in Chicago, into a leading supplier of toothbrushes to dentists.

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Jerry W. Levin

Jerry W. Levin, ’68

Jerry W. Levin’s $1.5 million gift to the Rustandy Center established the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Fund for Excellence in Nonprofit and Social Sector Management. This support enables the Rustandy Center to conduct research on best practices in the management and administration of nonprofit and social sector organizations and underwrites education programs for executives of nonprofit organizations.

A founding partner at JW Levin Management Partners, Levin was most recently chairman and CEO of Wilton Brands, the largest arts and crafts company in the United States. Prior to Wilton, Levin was chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners, a predecessor of JWLMP. He was also chairman and CEO at American Household (Sunbeam), Revlon, and the Coleman Company. During his tenure at the Pillsbury Company, he led Burger King and several other operating units.

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