A Miami University alumnus who was very generous in life continues to inspire generosity after his death. Through a gift from his family, the spirit of Frank H. Jellinek Jr. (Miami ‘67) will support excellence in teaching and research at the Farmer School of Business.
Jellinek’s wife Judy, daughter Lauren Jellinek Flower and son Peter Max Jellinek (Miami ’97) have established the Frank H. Jellinek Jr. Chair for Assistant Professor with a gift to the university of $1 million. This gift supports an initiative within the Farmer School to attract and retain emerging academics of exceptional promise. It will be matched with $500,000 from Richard T. and Joyce Farmer and the Farmer Family Foundation, through the Farmers’ challenge to create new endowed faculty posts.
Frank Jellinek, a loyal alumnus, served on the Farmer School’s Business Advisory Council (BAC) in the 1990s and made many gifts, including one for $100,000 to provide financial aid for Farmer School students wishing to study abroad. The family also created a Miami golf scholarship in Peter’s name in 1992.
“It is very important to our family to continue Frank’s relationship with Miami,” said Judy Jellinek. “Frank believed strongly in the vision and mission of the Miami business school, and I know that he would be enthusiastic about the impact that the Jellinek Chair will have on the future of business education at the school.”
Frank Jellinek was an entrepreneurial business leader. While still in high school, he worked for Erie Scientific, the company his grandfather founded in 1934. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Miami, he began his MBA Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He returned to the family business, subsequently finishing his MBA at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and took the reins of the family business at age 29. He became respected for his judgment, integrity and ability to create and seize opportunities. By the time that the company merged with Fisher Scientific in 2004, it had grown into a billion-dollar business known as Apogent Technologies.
“The Farmer School profited from Frank’s insights and advice when he served on the BAC, and we continue to benefit through the legacy that he and his family have created at Miami,” said Roger L. Jenkins, dean of the Farmer School. “We are profoundly grateful that Judy, Lauren and Peter understand our critical need to compete effectively for top academic talent. This new chair will help us do that.”
“Great teacher-scholars are at the heart of the Miami experience,” said President David Hodge. “I cannot overstate the importance of the Jellineks’ investment in Miami, one that will continue to benefit future generations of students.”