Alumni Who Give Back Credit Johnson for Their Success

2/22/2012 11:05:00 AM

Brendan Doyle '12, provides a look at six special gifts to Johnson, in support of its students and educational mission.

Johnson is eight months into the fund raising year and has already received a number of special gifts. Six Johnson alumni have recently made very generous commitments in support of Johnson’s students and educational mission.

The donors are Mark Bissell, MBA ’82; Andrew Horrocks, MBA ’92, and Amy Horrocks ’88, MHA ’92; Chuck Jarvie ’58, MBA ’59,  and Janet Jarvie ’58; Steve Shindler, MBA ’87 and Mary Kay Kosnik, MBA ’88; and Robert Slagle ’62, MBA ’64, and Sharon Slagle. All donors noted Johnson’s impact on their personal lives as well as their careers, and they emphasized the need to give back.


Current use support for the Emerging Markets Institute

Mark Bissell, MBA ’82, made a commitment of $250,000 over a three-year period to support Johnson’s Emerging Markets Institute. Bissell is CEO of BISSELL Inc. and followed his father, John Bissell ’52, MBA ’54, in choosing Johnson.


“We believe in giving back and the Emerging Markets Institute particularly resonated with me as a global business leader.  Expanding international markets are filled with vast challenges, yet at the same time offer untapped potential.  Students in this field have an exciting opportunity to shape an industry and impact the global future, and we are excited to support this program.”

Andrew and Amy Horrocks Professional Scholarship

Andrew Horrocks, MBA ’92, and his wife, Amy Horrocks ’88, MHA ’92, have established the Andrew and Amy Horrocks Professional Scholarship. The scholarship fund, totaling $100,000 and payable over five years, will provide financial assistance to students enrolled at Johnson.

Horrocks credits Johnson with expanding his view of business and the world, as well as giving him the broad base of knowledge necessary to succeed in business.

“I had a very good classroom experience at Johnson,” Horrocks said. “It was the first time I had been in a setting where the professors were so approachable. That diversity of experience was very formative and powerful and gave me a chance to excel.”

Horrocks is a managing director in investment banking global and head of transportation and autos at Credit Suisse. Before joining Credit Suisse, he was a managing director at Moelis & Co., and prior to that, a managing director and head of capital goods and transportation for the Americas at UBS.

Charles and Janet Jarvie Executive Director of Marketing Fund

Chuck Jarvie ’58, MBA 59, and his wife, Janet Jarvie ’58, established the Charles and Janet Jarvie Executive Director of Marketing Fund, which will benefit from annual gifts of $200,000 over a five-year period for a total of $1,000,000.

“Through his exceptional gift, Chuck Jarvie has demonstrated his passion for marketing as well as his confidence in Johnson,” said Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development Bill Huling ’68, MBA ’74.

Preference for the new position will be given to a Cornellian who is a senior marketing professional. In creating the position, Jarvie hopes to help Cornell grow and develop its marketing initiatives to prospective students, as well as to the general public.

“I want to try to help the school become as good in marketing to its customers as it is to its students,” Jarvie said of his gift.


Jarvie is currently head of the advisory board for XGL, as well as a partner for Beta Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm. After a 20-year stint running the food business at Procter & Gamble, he served terms as president of Fidelity Investments Marketing Company, the Dr. Pepper Company, and CEO of Schenley Industries.

Steven Shindler and Mary Kay Kosnik Graduate Fellowship

Steve Shindler, MBA ’87 and Mary Kay Kosnik, MBA ’88, have established the Steven Shindler and Mary Kay Kosnik Graduate Fellowship, through gifts of $187,500 payable over five years. The gift leverages the Tang Scholarship Challenge – named for Cornell Trustee Emeritus Martin Tang ’70 – which matches all gifts for undergraduate and post-graduate students on a $1 for $3 basis.

“In a lot of ways, Johnson was truly a launching pad for me,” Shindler said. “My wife and I want Johnson to continue to attract the best and the brightest. This gift is consistent with what we’ve done to support education and other organizations.”

Shindler currently serves as executive chairman of NII Holdings, Inc., having previously served as CEO since March 2000. Before joining NII Holdings, Inc., he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nextel Communications (1996-2000), and he has also served as a managing director of communications finance at Toronto Dominion Bank. Kosnik served as a management consultant for KPMG (1988-1995) as well as a credit and reserve analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Robert and Sharon Slagle Fund for Researching and Teaching Business Ethics

Robert F. Slagle ’62, MBA ’64, and his wife, Sharon Slagle, made a $1 million commitment to Johnson to endow the Robert and Sharon Slagle Fund for Researching and Teaching Business Ethics.

With this gift, the Slagles hope to provide opportunities for faculty to build case studies for students to practice values-driven leadership and learn how to apply ethical decision-making within their organizations.

“Sharon and I have the ability to make a meaningful gift as a milestone, and I have always favored Johnson with my Cornell giving, because what I learned at Johnson has contributed to everything I have been able to accomplish during my business career,” Slagle said.

Slagle is a former executive vice president of Alcoa, Inc., where he worked for 37 years before retiring in 2002.