$10M Trustee Gift to Boost Ethics and Leadership at USC Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business recently announced it has received a gift of $10 million from trustee Jerry Neely and his wife Nancy, long-time supporters of the University of Southern California, to establish the Jerry and Nancy Neely Leadership and Ethics Institute.

According to the announcement in USC News, the new institute will advance the development of ethical business leadership with the framework of the global economy.

““Jerry and Nancy Neely (…) and their outstanding gift will dramatically bolster USC Marshall’s work in the area of leadership and ethics studies,” says USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “This visionary gift also speaks to the Neelys’ personal commitment to nurturing the next generation of ethical leaders, as the institute will be a living laboratory for understanding ethical leadership and finding new ways to develop it.”

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The existing course offerings in leadership and ethics are very popular with USC Marshall students, and the new institute plans to bring in faculty from across the university to further strengthen these topics in the curriculum for business degree students as well as for professionals pursuing executive education or certificates, the article notes.

The Neelys have supported the university and its business school for decades, and have made additional donations to the school of engineering as well as the USC Roski School of Art and Design.  Jerry Neely continues to contribute to the student experience at USC Marshall by participating in monthly meetings and gatherings to mentor MBA students.

“I cherish my work with the outstanding students at USC Marshall. They are bright, insightful and want to make a difference in the world,” Neely says. “Nancy and I are honored to be able to contribute to their education by helping them prepare for the global and local leadership roles they will take on in years to come.”

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