SMLR’s success is measured in numerous ways—through the quality of its faculty, who are second to none in human resource and industrial relations schools; through the high job placement rate for our graduates; through the success of our alumni as leaders in their fields; through the partnerships SMLR has forged with area corporations and unions; and also through the generosity of the school’s alumni, friends, and partners in giving back to Rutgers. Gifts—large and small—help SMLR to grow, to attract students of exceptional quality by being able to provide scholarships and fellowships, and to advance the knowledge of management and labor relations theory and practice.
We sincerely thank all of SMLR’s generous supporters who have helped to keep this school strong since its inception as an institute in 1947.
Below are just a few examples of recent gifts that are helping to transform the School into the world’s leading place for the study of work and workforce:
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SMLR Giving Highlights
SMLR’s First-Ever Endowed Professorship
A $2 million pledge from the Foundation for Enterprise Develop in December 2008 created the J. Robert Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership. This gift’s purpose is to fund a scholar who is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of employee ownership and devotes the principal amount of his/her time to research, teaching, and public service on employee ownership issue. This landmark gift establishes Rutgers as a central note for the network of EO researchers and practitioners in the United States.
Speaking about this gift in early 2009, FED President Mary Ann Beyster says,
“The foundation’s relationship with the professors at the School of Management and Labor Relations is more than 25 years old, and we continue to be impressed by the caliber of research and teaching in the field of employee ownership and shared capitalism. Success for our next generation of leaders will largely depend on their ability to attract and guide people – human capital. Through this chair, we hope to help Rutgers shape and guide future leaders on the power of ownership.”
— Mary Ann Beyster
Support for Labor-Management Partnership
A $250,000 pledge from the New Jersey Education Association in 2009 created the NJEA Labor-Management Partnership Annual and Endowed Funds. This gift provides annual and endowment-level support for the existing Labor-Management Partnership Conference at SMLR and provides for a new lecture program in the same field. The Labor-Management Partnership Conference has grown into one of the premier forums in New Jersey for bringing together leaders from unions, companies, and the State to discuss key issues of common interest. The new lecture series will build on the success of the conference and will bring national leadership to speak on topics of direct interest to NJEA members.
Fellowship and Scholarship Support
Fellowships and scholarships support faculty research and collaborations between scholars in universities and colleges throughout the country. One such gift from Raymond C. Carey establishes the Ray Carey Fellowship in Democratic Capitalism. The fellowship provides a research stipend and support to a PhD or master’s candidate or a visiting scholar at SMLR to study the implications of democratic capitalism/employee ownership.
Unrestricted gifts from alumni like Steven P. Cugine (M.S. ’89), allow SMLR to direct funds where they are most needed—for current operating expenses, scholarships, etc. In today’s uncertain economic climate, SMLR depends more and more on the philanthropy of alumni and friends of the program.