The Dean's Circle

The Dean's Circle is a devoted group of alumni and friends of the E. J. Ourso College of Business who support academic priorities and goals through an annual investment of $1,500 or more to the Dean's Excellence Fund or a departmental development fund.  

These gifts provide Dean Llorens and department chairs with the working capital needed to address critical needs and capitalize on opportunities to enhance the student experience or fuel innovation. The flexible nature of these funds allows for decisive action and maximum impact. 

Donors to the Dean's Excellence Fund impact all areas of the college with a single gift. For example, the Dean's Excellence Fund investments send students to case competitions, provide professional development programs, enhance international study experiences, and finance software and data used for research. 

Departmental development funds support priorities identified by each chair. These often include activities that further research, support faculty, and create opportunities for students. 

Dean's Circle membership requires an annual donation of $1,500, which can easily be divided into monthly ($125/month), quarterly, or bi-annual payments upon request.

We are pleased to offer associate membership to our alumni and friends who graduated within the past 10 years for an annual contribution of $750 to the Dean's Excellence Fund. Associate Dean's Circle members will receive all benefits of full membership. Eligible donors who commit at this level may also request to divide contributions into monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual payments. 


Dean's Circle Benefits

  • Advanced access to Ourso College events and communications including Ourso Bottom Line, our annual report, and biannual messages from Dean Llorens
  • Invitations to college events including an annual Dean's Circle networking event
  • Recognition on the Dean's Circle web page
  • Lapel pin

Dean's Circle Members


John and Stephanie Adams
Philip and Eileen Adkins
Phil and Kimberly Adra
Denis Arauz
Nan and Tim Barfield
Joseph Bertucci
George Bonvillain
James Boyd
Gary Butcher
Don and Nan Chance
M. John Curcio
Christian Curtis
Jon and Shelia Davies
Bill and Donna Duffy
Frederick B. Dupre
John and Patty Elstrott
Judith Anne Garretson Folse and Albert Joseph Folse Jr.
Bill and Linda Gilbow
Brady and Mary Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hoffpauir
Kevin Hughes
Michelle and Tom King
Michael and Toni Kirby
Michael J. Linn
Michael Little
Robert Lorio
Jan Clayton Lyons
Andrew and Jasmine Mahtook
Rod and Wendy Martinez
David and Ellis Meyer
Dan and Glenda Miller
Nolan and Jamie Moullé
Sarah North
David and Jamie Oliver
Jim and Laura Parr
Dr. Thomas and Myla Phillips
Linda and R. C. Pierce Jr.
Robert and Laura Pittman
Rick and Kathleen Plaeger

Kathleen Quirk
Zach and Lindsey Romanowsky
Julie Garcia Ruehl
Lee Anne and Craig Sciambra
Darin Seal
Laura and Jared Soileau
Charles and Rachael Theriot
Nick Tomlinson
Patricia Unangst
Bart Wood
Candace Wright
Michael and Dawn Wright
Marc Zametto
Ansley and Jeff Zehnder


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, your gift of $1500 or $750 will recognize both you and your spouse as members of our Dean's Circle.

Yes, employee matches are a great way to maximize your giving and will count as part of your total annual contribution.

We understand that our alumni and donors are passionate about all areas of our college. We are happy to be able to recognize gifts of $1500 or $750 to departmental development funds as Dean's Circle members.

Any 12-month period

Yes, we welcome organizations and corporations to join our Dean's Circle.