A generous $7.5 million gift from Larry Robbins, ENG’92, W’92, will give name to the home of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T Program), funding a full renovation of the historic building and create a permanent endowed fund to support its operations and maintenance in perpetuity.
The M&T Program is the oldest undergraduate coordinated dual-degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Combining two of Penn’s most prestigious programs into one educational experience, the M&T Program allows students to pursue dual undergraduate degrees—a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton and either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from Penn Engineering.
The newly renovated Larry Robbins Building will provide an engaging environment in which M&T cohorts can interact academically and socially. Robbins’ gift will not only support essential restoration projects and building upgrades, it will also fund new, cutting-edge facilities, including a seminar room, student lounges and workrooms, computer stations, staff offices, a conference room, and a reception area.
“This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology,” said William F. Hamilton, the Program’s director and Wharton’s Ralph Landau Professor of Management and Technology. “It is a time for both celebration and contemplation as we prepare for the next 35 years. Larry Robbins’ gift will set the stage for even greater success in the future.”
“As I’ve moved on and had more success in business, I now have a better sense and perspective of just how lucky I was,” said Robbins, an M&T Program graduate himself. “When there came the opportunity to honor Dr. Hamilton’s leadership, to improve the quality and the experience of the M&T students that are going in there now, and in recognition of the great role that the entire University played in providing that foundation for me, it was my honor to step up and make this donation.”
For more from Larry Robbins on the M&T Program and why he gives, watch the video.