Gies College of Business – Illinois Advancement
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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

Gies College of Business

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff at Gies, thank you for all that you do to support the College. The past year has been a memorable one, as we celebrated the close of the With Illinois campaign and looked forward to new initiatives, including breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art educational facility.

We’ve had a tremendous year, and so much of our success is because of your contributions to the College through giving, volunteering of your time, and sharing your expertise. The impact of the Gies network can be seen throughout the College. We continue to excel in providing life-changing access to business education, offering innovative curriculum and programs, supporting faculty excellence, and equipping all at Gies with the tools, resources, and facilities to succeed.

Again, thank you for your commitment to the College and our mission. We couldn’t do this without you.

Rebecca Pagels
Signature Rebecca Pagels
Associate Dean for Advancement

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the Gies College of Business continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised52,783,376 Dollars Raised

Gifts2,780 Gifts

Gifts from small to large1,314 Gifts Between $1 and $100

Illinois Logo100+ Gifts Made Towards the Wymer Hall Building Project

*Data as of 8/1/23.

FY 2023 Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

Steven Wymer speaking at a podium.

New campus facility named in honor of Gies alumnus Steven Wymer

Gies College of Business’ new building has been named Steven S. Wymer Hall in recognition of a generous gift from alumnus Steven Wymer. Set to open in 2025, this state-of-the-art building will serve residential and online undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff and will help prepare Illinois students for futures of purpose and impact. “I am ecstatic to have such generous support from Steve and all the alumni and friends who have helped make this important project possible,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor in Business and Dean. Read more.

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Gies iMBA named MBA Program of the Year by Poets&Quants

Fully embracing the University of Illinois’ original land-grant mission, Gies Business is committed to creating life-changing access to business education. Launched in 2016, the online MBA from Gies College of Business earned the coveted distinction of 2022 MBA Program of the Year by Poets&Quants. Gies’ MBA – known as the iMBA – is a full 72-credit-hour MBA offered completely online and at a price point that is almost unheard of anywhere else in the world. Read more.

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Gies ranked No. 7 undergraduate public business school

Gies College of Business is once again ranked as a Top 10 public undergraduate business program, according to the latest rankings released by US News & World Report. Gies is ranked No. 13 among all business schools. Over the last year, Gies has enriched its undergraduate programs in a variety of areas like disruption and innovation. Read more.

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Gies faculty ranked excellent

The University of Illinois released the latest List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, with 103 Gies Business faculty members earning rankings of “excellent” or “outstanding” for Fall 2022 and Winter 2022-23. The strong Gies Business presence on the list is just one of many examples of how the College emphasizes the student learning experience. Read more.

Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff celebrating the With Illinois Campaign under a tent outside of the Gies Business building.

Gies celebrates With Illinois campaign and 5th anniversary of naming gift

Gies marked the successful completion of the With Illinois campaign and celebrated with alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff throughout the year. Over the course of the campaign, Gies raised $310 million, exceeding the goal of $300 million. The central celebration took place during Homecoming week in October. Along with the campaign close celebrations, the College also marked the fifth anniversary of the naming gift from Larry and Beth Gies. Read more.

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