Sangers Donate $20 Million to University of Michigan

Sangers Donate $20 Million to University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Stephen W. Sanger (MBA '70) and his wife, Karen, to create a center for leadership development at the Ross School of Business.

With the goal of empowering students to become leaders who make a positive difference in the world, the Sanger Leadership Center will incorporate and expand on the activities of the Ross Leadership Initiative, including its annual Impact Challenge and Crisis Challenge, Legacy Lab, Story Lab, Leaders Academy, skills-based workshops, and learning communities. Among other things, the new center will provide students with personalized feedback, coaching, and development and serve as a resource for faculty who are developing cutting-edge ideas and new leadership practices.

"Among those of us who have recruited talent for our companies, one of the things that sets Ross graduates apart is their leadership skills," said Stephen W. Sanger, retired chairman and CEO of General Mills. "This difference reflects the innovative, hands-on programs of the Ross Leadership Initiative. Karen and I are honored to support the continued growth and development of this program through the establishment of the Sanger Leadership Center."

"[The gift] will help us create even more high-impact, high-touch leadership development experiences that students can't get anywhere else but Ross," said Scott DeRue, associate dean of the Ross School of Business and faculty director of the Sanger Leadership Center. "I envision a future where fifty thousand Michigan Ross students — past, present, and future — lead positive change in themselves and around the world."