The largest gift in the school's hundred-year history will support investments in areas reflecting the vision and legacy of the late Roberto C. Goizueta, who served as chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Company for sixteen years. The latest gift from the foundation will support the establishment of the Roberto C. Goizueta Global Classroom, the Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center, and the Roberto C. Goizueta Institute for Business and Society, as well as such innovations as a virtual classroom, the use of holograms to facilitate "pop-up" campuses at remote locations, virtual reality simulations for experiential learning, an expansion of the school's entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and further investments in programming focused on the social responsibility and impact of business on communities.
"Roberto C. Goizueta believed that it is business's responsibility to use its resources — its people, its finances, and its influence — to do well in the world and to create a dignified quality of life for everyone," said Erika H. James, dean of the business school. "Goizueta [Business School] is dedicated to advancing that notion, and it is through that belief that we are changing the narrative on how people view business in the modern era. This generous and transformational gift will allow us to make significant and sustainable investments in key areas of focus and of growth that will benefit our students, our community, and our society."
"At the Goizueta Foundation, we believe that challenging organizations to think about education in innovative, strategic ways is part of the formula for creating life-changing opportunities for individuals and long-term benefits for the communities in which they live and serve," said foundation board chair and CEO Olga Goizueta Rawls. "The Goizueta Business School has long been at the forefront of creating those opportunities and benefits, and ensuring its graduates carry on that work. This gift encourages Goizueta to do even more to advance my father's vision for the school."