Business Law Receives $1 Million Gift from Ron and Linda Greenman

Thanks in part to a $1 million commitment from Ron and Linda Greenman, future generations will have similar opportunities to pursue careers in business law, an expanding UO program that’s making remarkable strides.

“We’re very grateful for this generous gift,” says Marcilynn A. Burke, dean of the law school and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law.

“Business law is an area where we are building on excellence at the university, and donors like the Greenmans are making this exciting growth possible. Ron is a leader in the legal profession and—I’m pleased to say—an active member of our Corporate Task Force. He’s dedicated to this university, the future of our law school, and the future of the profession in which he has demonstrated tremendous success.”

The gift will help raise the bar even higher for the UO’s business law program, which this fall earned an A rating from preLaw Magazine, a ranking it shares with similar programs at Columbia, Duke, Cornell, and Yale.

Last May, UO President Michael H. Schill committed $1.5 million from the donor-supported Presidential Fund for Excellence to expanding and enhancing the program. Created by an anonymous $50 million gift, the fund was established to support areas that build on the UO’s strengths. A key part of the fund’s mission is innovation, says business law director Andrea Coles-Bjerre, an associate law professor. Business law fits the bill, she adds. And investments from donors like the Greenmans are also helping the school establish this burgeoning area of excellence.

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