Donate today to help our students ready for business.

The Dean's Fund for Excellence is the perfect way to financially contribute to the success of UNI Business students. Each dollar raised is used to enhance their professional readiness. International travel, student organization competitions and professional certification training gives students a professional edge needed to be successful in today’s global world.

 

Dean Leslie Wilson speaks with new students

UNIBusiness student in Monaco

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The Dean's Leadership Society

The Dean’s Leadership Society is made up of alumni and friends who give to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. The dollars raised provide experiences and opportunities that include professional credentials, international experiences and professional competitions.

  • Professional credential programs that give students a competitive edge when applying for jobs
  • International experiences and internships that immerse students in global commerce and build cultural intelligence
  • Competitions, site visits and other career-specific learning opportunities that use and elevate the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom

These activities support that transition from student to business professional and allow our graduates to claim a professional distinction. During the most recent academic year, our this leadership society directly supported nearly 300 UNI Business students as well as faculty, programs, and relationships that secure those opportunities. 

Headshot of student Cassie Evers

The Dean's Fund opened up opportunities that I'd never imagined would be part of my college experience. I am just one of the many students whose UNI Business experience has been so enriched by the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
Cassie Grimsman('17 Finance and Management)

 

Choose Your Membership Level

Dean's Leadership Society members lead by example, giving where their support is needed most. Every dollar impacts a student in some way. We ask that you consider the the immediate and broad impact that higher membership levels provide.

  • Dean's Leadership Circle - $1,000

    Sends a student to Ireland to work on projects leading to a Six Sigma Greenbelt certification

  • ​Dean's Leadership Team - $5,000

    Supports 10 students who present their undergraduate research at an academic conference

  • Dean's Leadership Cabinet - $10,000

    Allows 200 students to earn the Microsoft Excel Specialist certification

We deeply appreciate the loyal support from the Dean's Leadership Society. Activities made possible by these generous investments provide the foundation for students to become effective leaders who will create jobs and go on to make a difference through business.

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