Posted by: Louis Lavelle on April 25, 2011
For the UCLA Anderson School of Management (Anderson Full-Time MBA Profile), John and Marion Anderson are the givers who keep on giving. In 1987, the couple gave $15 million to the business school, which was renamed in their honor. Today, the school announced that the Andersons have surpassed their previous generosity, giving another $25 million to the school, the largest gift in its history.
The current gift brings the total amount the couple has given to the school to nearly $42 million. The school says the money will be used to bolster academic programs, student support, and faculty research.
“Their lifelong philanthropy will have an indelible impact on our campus—and the opportunities we provide for our outstanding faculty and students—for generations to come,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a press release.
John Anderson is the president of Topa Equities Ltd., which owns 42 businesses involved in agriculture, insurance, real estate, wholesale beverage distribution, and automotive dealerships. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UCLA in 1940. John and Marion’s sons, William and John Jr., completed their J.D. and MBA degrees, respectively, at UCLA. Their daughter, Judy Munzig, serves on the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Anderson.