The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced a $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge in support of new professorships and endowed chairs that will enable the university to recruit and retain a world-class faculty.
The largest single gift from an individual or couple in the university’s history and the lead gift in a comprehensive fundraising campaign still in its planning phase will be used to match gifts made to endow professorships, chairs, and distinguished chairs. In recognition of the gift, the university has announced the establishment of the John and Tashia Morgridge Chair in Leadership, which will be held by the university’s chancellor and will help bolster the chancellor’s top priorities.
Tashia F. Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the UW School of Education and a retired special education teacher who volunteers to help students with learning disabilities, serves on the university's board of visitors. John Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business, has served as president, CEO, and board chair of Cisco Systems. The Morgridges, 2010 signatories to the Giving Pledge, also are responsible for the next two largest gifts in UW history, including a total of $100 million to establish the Morgridge Institute for Research and $32 million to renovate and expand the School of Education building.
"Faculty are the most critical and durable part of the human capital underpinning a university," said Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the UW Foundation. "Great researchers are inspiring teachers and role models — they dedicate their lives to making a difference in how we understand the world or how we might change it for the better."