The Carlson School of Management’s relationship with U.S. Bank dates back more than a half-century. The community leader has long recruited Carlson School graduates, supported programs, and provided internships and mentoring opportunities for ambitious students.
That connection deepened Tuesday morning with the announcement of a contribution from the U.S. Bank Foundation to the Carlson School, part of a celebration at U.S. Bancorp Center in downtown Minneapolis that included leaders from both organizations and around 100 alumni and student interns.
The donation is a contribution to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, providing Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer with the flexibility to allocate it toward the school’s most urgent needs and opportunities.
“U.S. Bank’s contribution allows us to take advantage of emerging opportunities as they present themselves and create impactful experiences for our students,” Zaheer said.
“It allows us to attract top talent and create a more diverse community. It will foster excellence in both teaching and research, enriching business communities near and far. And it will empower countless to discover how their passion for business can be a force for good in this world.”
U.S. Bank President and CEO Andy Cecere, ’91 MBA and a member of the Carlson School’s Board of Overseers, called the school “one of the most important economic drivers in the state of Minnesota.”
“At U.S. Bank, we invest our time, resources, and passion in economic development by supporting efforts to create stable jobs, better homes, and vibrant communities,” he said. “Minnesota is our headquarters market and home, which makes our long-standing relationship with the Carlson School important. We’re excited to see the impact this contribution will have on the students, staff, and Twin Cities business community.”
U.S. Bank, which employs nearly 400 Carlson School alumni from undergraduate, MBA, and other master’s programs and hosts about 20 student interns each year, has also financially supported a variety of the school’s activities, including the President’s Emerging Scholars Program, Career Week, the Women’s Leadership Conference, the Undergraduate Women in Business student organization, and the Military Veterans Club.
“I can’t thank U.S. Bank enough for investing in our school and the community we serve with this contribution,” Zaheer said.