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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 towards 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.

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    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 Companies & Foundations

    $1 million and more 

    • Rick and Erika Miller 
    • Bill and Ann Swindells 
    • Timothy and Mary Boyle

    $500,000 - $999,999 

    • Fahad and Badriah Al Athel 
    • Bob and Sharon Miller 

    $100,000 - $499,999 

    • Phil Bogue 
    • William Michael Foster Family
    • Jim and Shirley Rippey 
    • Gerry and Marilyn Cameron
    • Barry and Hazel Schlesinger
    • Joshua Schlesinger 
    • Mark Schlesinger
    • Paul Schlesinger
    • Larry and Irene Huget
    • Greg and Terry Ness 

    $50,000 - $99,999

    • Kirsten Cowden◊ and Wyatt Starnes
    • Harry and Kaaren Demorest
    • Doug and Suchen Fieldhouse
    • Russell Humberston

    $25,000 - $49,000

    • Chuck and Sue Carlbom
    • John Duff
    • John Harker
    • Djoko Kusumowidagdo and Elly Tjahja
    • Rob and Lynn Miller
    • Jerry and Sandy Parsons
    • Marta and Ken Thrasher
    • Brad Zenger 

    $5,000 - $24,999

    • Raj and Vandana Anand
    • Mary Jo and John Ball
    • Roger Clawson
    • Terry and Elizabeth Clifford
    • Judy Dauble
    • John Hancock
    • Joe Karas
    • Lynn Kingston
    • Christopher and Susan Leupold
    • Norbert and Christine Leupold
    • Georgia Leupold Marshall 
    • Bill and Jani McCormick 
    • Julie and Ian McGuire 
    • Randolph and Jan Miller 
    • Juanita and Ron Petersen 
    • Kathy and Steven Prosser 
    • Gerry Rogers 
    • John and Toni Stevens 
    • Paul Waldram 

    $1,000 - $4,999 

    • Barbara and Roger Alberty 
    • Darcy Boyle 
    • Jim Gaffney 
    • Brad and Julie Gevurtz 
    • Rocky and Dianne Irinaga 
    • Coralen and Frank Lagesen 
    • Mike Lynch 
    • Art Miles 
    • Virginia Warrick 
    • Beth and Brian Zappitello 

    Up to $1,000 

    • Shirley Dunn
    • Erin Elkins-Hubert and Stan Hubert 
    • Jon and Kathy Mitchell 
    • Anne and Timothy Riley 
    • Roger and Carolyn Wagner 
    • Oliver Collins 
    • William Cory 
    • Tina Belcher 
    • Aaron Hill 
    • Danielle Johnson 

    $100,000 and more 

    $10,000 - $99,999

    • Blount International, Inc.
    • Demorest Family Foundation Ecoworks Foundation 
    • Leupold & Stevens, Inc. 
    • NIKE, Inc. 
    • PacifiCorp/Pacific Power
    • Southern States, Inc.