$1 Million Gift from Dick Thomas Creates Farmer School Chair

May 2012

OXFORD, Ohio (May 2, 2012) - Miami University and the Farmer School of Business have announced a $1 million gift from G. Richard (Dick) Thomas '48 to establish the G. Richard and Jane S. Thomas Endowed Assistant Professor Chair Fund. The fund will be used to assist the Farmer School of Business in attracting and retaining talented, tenure-track faculty.

A resident of Mason, Ohio, and former president of North American Carbide, Thomas was a marketing major at Miami. Named in honor of Thomas and his late wife, the gift recognizes his undergraduate experience and the faculty mentors who shaped his life.

"I am forever grateful to the professors who invested their time and effort in developing me as a young man," Thomas said. "Those relationships had a tremendous impact on my life, and I am honored to be able to pay that generosity forward by supporting great Miami educators."

"The dedication of our faculty is a hallmark at Miami," said Roger L. Jenkins Dean, Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership. "The Farmer School's ability to attract and retain top quality faculty is crucial to our mission of delivering a world-class education for our students. We are deeply grateful to Dick Thomas for recognizing the value of the faculty-student relationship in his own successes, and for ensuring that future generations of Miami students will benefit from that same tradition of exceptional educators."

The Thomas gift is another significant achievement in the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor. The campaign has raised more than $438 million in support of Miami's priority needs.