Farmer School Alumna Makes $50,000 Gift to Business Analytics Program

July 2012

Miami University alumna Patty Morrison has made a $50,000 gift supporting the continued growth and development of the Farmer School of Business' Business Analytics Program.

"Increasingly, employers are demanding stronger student competency in data analytics," said Farmer School Dean Roger L. Jenkins, the Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership. "We're especially pleased that our highly successful grads are partnering with us to build the necessary infrastructure for improving our curriculum in this important area."

Morrison, executive vice president and chief information officer for Cardinal Health, is a 1980 Miami graduate with bachelor's degrees in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. She has remained connected to the campus as a member of the advisory boards for the Department of Management Information Systems and Business Analytics and the Armstrong Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) program.

According to Skip Benamati, chair of the business analytics department, Morrison's gift will be important to enhancing the emerging program's curriculum.

"Business analytics is a new and rapidly growing program at Miami," said Benamati. "We sponsor a minor now, but as the field grows in importance, we envision it being more. Patty's gift will provide crucial support to our faculty members as they work to develop new courses and enhance existing courses. Her investment in the success of business analytics at Miami signals an important moment for our program."

The Morrison gift is another significant achievement in The Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, which as the most successful fundraising campaign in University history has raised more than $452 million in support of Miami's priority needs.

Learn more about the Business Analytics Program.