Notre Dame receives $15 million for international business program

Notre Dame receives $15 million for international business program

The University of Notre Dame has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus Ken ('66) and Susan Meyer to endow a cross-disciplinary MBA program in the Mendoza College of Business.

Using a three-pronged approach focused on ethical business practices, academics, and faith, the Business on the Frontlines program engages MBA students in real-world problems and data-driven solutions to those problems. Currently celebrating its thirteenth year, the program supports international study in sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, and mining, enabling students to tackle problems such as unemployment, health and sanitation, and human trafficking. The gift will enable the program to expand its global and domestic reach and increase the number of students who participate in it annually to one hundred.

A longtime supporter of Notre Dame, Meyer established the Kenneth R. Meyer Fellowships for MBA students in 2010 and the Robert and Ardelle Meyer Scholarship, named in honor of his parents, in 1992.

"We are truly fortunate to have such incredible support from the Meyer family. For over a decade, through the Business on the Frontlines program, MBA students served partners on their toughest challenges in societies ravaged by conflict and deep poverty — thanks to the support of generous benefactors in the Notre Dame family," said Viva Bartkus, an associate professor of management in the business school. "This incredibly generous gift will ensure that even more students will continue on this journey of discovery as they put their business skills into action to serve vulnerable communities around the world and here in the U.S. for many years to come."

"Our world order is particularly vulnerable right now," said Meyer. "The pandemic’s impact has been particularly harsh on the less fortunate among us worldwide. The Meyer Business on the Frontlines Program will provide our students an opportunity to confront these issues firsthand, work directly with the people impacted, and provide practical, affordable business solutions. What a wonderful opportunity for all of us to actually improve less fortunate people's lives!"

"Ken and Susan Meyer endow Notre Dame's Business on the Frontlines initiative." University of Notre Dame press release 08/12/2020.