Dartmouth Tuck hit a fundraising milestone this week with a $52.1 million anonymous pledge–the largest in the school’s history. The pledge is designated to create the Dartmouth Summit on Health, Wealth, and Sustainability. The recurring summit will bring together leaders from the private and public sectors, academic researchers, and students to resolve global challenges as seen through the intersecting roles of public policy, health care, climate change, politics, and finance.
“This historic gift will have an enduring and far-reaching impact, not only at Tuck and Dartmouth, but in organizations and communities throughout the world,” says Dean Matthew J. Slaughter. “The wickedest challenges facing our world need new solutions informed by new ways of thinking. This summit will be a powerful and lasting demonstration of our school’s mission to prepare wise, decisive leaders who better the world through business.”
The summit invites participants from across Dartmouth, including representation from the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, the Guarini Schools of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Faculty council representation from Tuck is set to begin with Ron Adner, the Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration, and Clinical Professor Lindsey Leininger, faculty director of the Tuck Center for Health Care. Faculty of Arts & Sciences members initially on the council are Matthew Garcia, a professor of history and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies, and Douglas Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics.
“The summit reflects the donor’s strong belief in the transformative power of scholarship at Dartmouth and its application within and beyond the classroom,” says Punam Keller, the Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management and faculty director of the Tuck Center for Business, Government and Society. Keller helped secure the gift while serving as Associate Dean for Advancement and Tuck-Dartmouth Programs. He adds, “The urgency of these challenges is apparent, and The Dartmouth Summit for Health, Wealth, and Sustainability has tremendous potential to incubate creative and much-needed solutions.”
The Tuck Difference campaign was announced in 2018 with a goal of $250M. The $52.1M gift brings the total to over $317 million.