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Grow With Us Building Campaign

Building the future of business education in Portland 

The Campaign in the Press:

Bloomberg Businessweek

Portland State University Website

Portland Business Journal

The Oregonian



  • We’re excited to announce that we recently received a $1 million anonymous gift toward the building project from an alumnus of the SBA to be used for an alumni match challenge.
  • We have selected the architects for the building project: local firm SRG, working with German firm Behnisch Architekten. Our contractor will be Skanska.



"The new building serves to inspire these students as they inspire us"

Scott Dawson, Dean


“We look forward to others joining us by investing in the new building at the School of Business. An investment in this project is an investment in tomorrow’s business leaders.”


Mary and Tim Boyle
President & 
Columbia Sportswear Company

    The School of Business Building at PSU is expanding, and we are inviting you to Grow With Us. As Oregon’s largest and only urban university, Portland State University’s School of Business Administration boasts a diverse student body, and the MBA Program is ranked 14th in the world and 1st among smaller programs by Beyond Grey Pinstripes for its emphasis on social and environmental stewardship.

    A new Business School building will enable us to continue to reflect and enhance the innovation and passion of our students, faculty, and business community. A generous $8 million donation - the largest ever to the business school - was recently revealed as a gift from MBA alumnus Rick Miller and his wife Erika. Combined with growing support from our corporate, individual and foundation sponsors, we have raised $16.4 million. At 82% of our $20 million fundraising goal, the project is close to becoming a reality.

    The Plan

    Great Location: We will maintain our unbeatable location at the heart of Portland State's campus and downtown Portland.

    More Space: The renovation and expansion of our space will increase our square footage by more than 180%.

    Improved Space: The new building will transform the School of Business, and allow us to offer:

    • Centralized business school activities and classes.
    • 25 project and team rooms that meet the advanced technological needs of our students (there are 0 project rooms in the current building).
    • High quality offices for our award-winning faculty and staff.
    • Full auditorium and event space (the current facility does not have an auditorium).
    • Five industry-specific centers to support the diverse interests of our future business leaders.
    • A multitude of welcoming and functional common spaces.
    • A state-of-the-art facility that will continue to attract and serve top talent from around the world.

    The Support

    The $60 million project will be supported by $20 million in private funds and $40 million in state-backed bonds. The bond request was approved by the Oregon State Legislature on July 8, 2013.

    You can Grow With Us by making a commitment today, or pledging a naming opportunity in the new building. Please contact Kristin Mihalko, Campaign Manager, at 503.725.3766 or by email at to discuss naming opportunity details and levels of support.

    Give Now


    The Timing

    June 2013 Summer 2014 March 2015 January 2017
    Secure state funding  >> Reach fundraising goal  >> Groundbreaking  >> New building opens

    Thank You

    We would like to thank all of our generous supporters to date, including the following companies and foundations

    Individuals (alumni listed in green) Companies & Foundations
    $1 million and more 
    • Rick Miller and Erika Miller 
    • Fahad Al Athel and Badriah Al Athel
    • Tim Boyle and Mary Boyle
    • Bill Swindells and Anne Swindells 
    $500,000 - $999,999 
    • Phil Bogue
    • William Michael Foster family
    • Bob and Sharon Miller 
    $100,000 - $499,999 
    • Gerry Cameron and Marilyn Cameron
    • Larry Huget and Irene Huget
    • Greg Ness and Terry Ness
    • Jerry Parsons and Sandy Parsons
    • Jim Rippey and Shirley Rippey 
    • Barry Schlesinger and Hazel Schlesinger
    • Joshua Schlesinger
    • Mark Schlesinger
    • Paul Schlesinger
    • Janet Tolopka and Stephen Tolopka
    $50,000 - $99,999
    • Harry Demorest and Kaaren Demorest
    • Kirsten Cowden and Wyatt Starnes
    • Doug Fieldhouse and Suchen Fieldhouse
    • Russell Humberston and Jennifer Humberston
    $25,000 - $49,000
    • Chuck Carlbom and Sue Carlbom
    • Shelley Dewey and Craig Dewey
    • John Duff
    • John Harker
    • Joe Karasand Jan Karas
    • John Kusumowidagdo and Elly Tjahja
    • Rob Miller and Lynn Miller
    • Judy South and Scott South
    • Marta Thrasher and Kenneth Thrasher
    • Brad Zenger 
    $5,000 - $24,999
    • Raj Anand and Vandana Anand
    • Mary Jo Ball and John Ball
    • Dan Bernstine
    • Darci Boyle
    • Rodger Clawson and Jeanne Clawson
    • Terry Clifford and Elizabeth Clifford
    • Judy Dauble
    • Jim Gaffney and Barbara Gaffney
    • John Hancock
    • Lynn Kingston and Harry Kingston
    • Christopher Leupold and Susan Leupold
    • Norbert Leupold and Christine Leupold
    • Michael Lynch and Melinda Lynch
    • Georgia Leupold Marshall
    • Bill McCormick and Jani McCormick
    • Julie McGuire and Ian McGuire
    • Art Miles and Robin Miles
    • Randy Miller and Jan Miller
    • Juanita Petersen and Ron Petersen
    • Wally Pfeiffer and Dawn Pfeiffer
    • Kathy Prosser and Steven Prosser
    • Gerry Rogers
    • John Stevens and Toni Stevens
    • Paul Waldram and Margaret Waldram
    $1,000 - $4,999 
    • Barbara Alberty and Roger Alberty
    • Darrell Brown
    • David Crawford
    • Brad Gevurtz and Julie Gevurtz
    • Rocky Irinaga and Dianne Irinaga
    • Coralen Lagesen and Frank Lagesen
    • Virginia Warrick
    • Beth Zappitello and Brian Zappitello
    Up to $1,000 
    • Talya Bauer and Horst Niehaus
    • Tina Belcher
    • Oliver Collins
    • William Cory
    • Matthew Delong and Carrie Parrish
    • Shirley Dunn
    • Marilyn Galida and Franklin Galida
    • Aaron Hill
    • Erin Elkins-Hubert and Stan Hubert
    • Danielle Johnson
    • Jon Mitchell and Kathy Mitchell
    • Charles Patton
    • Anne Riley and Timothy Riley
    • James Robinson and Karen Robinson
    • Roger Wagner and Carolyn Wagner
    • Anthony Whitten
    • Matthew Wood and Joni Wood
    • Tony Leineweber

    $100,000 and more 

    $50,000 - $99,999

    • Blount International, Inc.
    • Demorest Family Foundation
    • Southern States, LLC

    $25,000 - $49,999

    • Ecoworks Foundation, Inc.

    $5,000 - $24,999

    • Intel Corporation/Intel Matching Gifts to Education
    • Leupold & Stevens, Inc./Leupold & Stevens Foundation
    • William C & Jani E McCormick Foundation
    • NIKE, Inc./Nike Inc. Matching Gift Program
    • PacifiCorp/Pacific Power Foundation
    • Benevity Social Ventures, Inc./American Endowment Foundation

    $1,000 - $4,999

    • GlobalGiving Foundation

    Up to $1,000

    • Emerson