Bob and Sue Morrison have made a $100,000 gift to support a goal of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business (FSB) that today’s undergraduates develop a comprehensive understanding of other cultures and business practices.
The FSB continues to develop an array of two-week, summer term and semesterlong international study opportunities and has set an ambitious goal of ensuring that all Farmer School students can participate in at least one of them. The Morrison’s gift to the Roger L. Jenkins International Scholarship fund will help students do that.
The fund, created in 2008 by John Miller, president and CEO of North American Corp., provides financial aid to FSB students who study abroad through one of the university’s international programs. When Miller established the scholarship fund with a gift of $100,000, he named it to honor Dean Roger Jenkins, who has actively promoted international study as part of the Farmer School experience. Miller serves on the school’s Business Advisory Council.
The Morrison’s daughter, Emily, is a sophomore marketing major at Miami. Bob Morrison is the retired vice chairman of PepsiCo and was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Quaker Oats, prior to PepsiCo’s acquisition of Quaker. He currently serves on a number of public company boards and on the school’s Business Advisory Council.
“Susan and I understand the vital importance of helping today’s business students develop a comprehensive understanding of the world,” he said. “Emily’s experience at the Farmer School has convinced us that the school is committed to developing students who are comfortable in different cultures, sensitive to different business practices and who are prepared to lead in the international business arena.”
“We are most grateful to the Morrisons for supporting our vision of providing an international study experience to every Farmer School student,” said Jenkins. “Whether it is through our varied programs in Asia or Miami’s Luxembourg campus, we aim to provide strategic study-abroad opportunities for all our students. We welcome the Morrisons as partners in this endeavor.”
The Morrisons, who live in Lake Forest, Ill., are actively involved in civic and cultural organizations in the greater Chicago area.
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