Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle and Mary Boyle have made a $1 million gift to help expand career services for undergraduate and graduate business students at Portland State University. The gift will create new resources for historically underserved students as well as increase industry engagement and recruitment activities.
“We are grateful to the Boyles for a gift intended to help Portland State ensure equitable success and career outcomes for PSU business students,” said PSU President Stephen Percy.
The PSU School of Business enrolls more historically underserved and first-generation students than its regional public university counterparts. The Boyles’ contribution will help ensure that more of these students — especially those who are the first in their families to attend college — can access the kind of focused career guidance and preparedness that will help them land a good job when they graduate.
“This seed funding will help us take a big step forward in helping all students prepare effectively for the job market,” said Cliff Allen, dean of The School of Business. “Our goal of creating a best-in-class career center will enhance PSU's diverse talent pipeline and ultimately Oregon’s vitality."
Especially at a moment when Oregon is coming to terms with the long-term economic effects of the pandemic, employers are seeking employees looking to make their mark here at home.
“We know that the ultimate success of PSU students can have a generational impact not just on their own families but on our region’s growth and stability,” said PSU Provost Susan Jeffords. “PSU graduates’ determination and resilience often translates to tremendous drive and loyalty when they make it to the workplace.”
“At Columbia, we employ many PSU grads, and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” said Tim Boyle. “Mary and I are proud to support students as they enter the workforce. Oregon business needs them — as quickly as possible.”
Tim and Mary Boyle have been longtime supporters of PSU, making significant financial commitments over the years to campus capital projects, to School of Business programs serving first-generation students, to Viking Athletics, and to PSU’s Homelessness and Research Action Collaborative (HRAC).
“Our profound thanks to Tim and Mary for all they do to support Portland State, and to enhance Oregon's progress and vitality,” said Sarah Schwarz, president of the PSU Foundation. “They are tremendous partners and friends.”