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Welcome and Congratulations



  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Fall 2012

For more information:

University Development Michigan State University Spartan Way 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300 East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (517) 884-1000 or (800) 232-4678 univdev@msu.edu givingto.msu.edu

“Thank you to the newest members of MSU’s giving societies listed here for your extraordinary support of Michigan State University. Your gifts further our land-grant mission to advance higher education built on cutting-edge research and engagement for the public good. Your recognition in MSU’s giving societies acknowledges and a rms your commitment to the unique, critical role that MSU plays in the world today. You are joining over 6,000 other donor society members who recognize that Michigan State University must lead Michigan, our nation, and the world in achieving a redenition—a revitalization—of the covenant we continue to share with society.”

The following individuals and organizations have made a significant financial commitment to Michigan State Univers ity, qualifying them for lifetime recognition in one of the univers ity’s ten donor societies.

Williams Society

Joseph R. Williams, the first president of “The Agricultural College of the State of Michigan,” displayed a dedication to the college’s success that began building the strong foundation for what is today Michigan State Unviersity.

Wharton Society

Clift on R. Wharton became MSU’s fourteenth president in 1970. His tenure was marked by successful efforts to maintain the quality of MSU’s academic programs, commitment to the education of the economically and educationally disadvantaged, and the integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine with the other medical schools. The Wharton Center for Performing Arts, dedicated in 1982, was named in honor of Wharton and his wife Dolores, in recognition of their strong support for the project.

Kedzie Society

Frank S. Kedzie, the eighth president of MSU, is considered a pioneer for private support to the university. The Kedzie Society is one of the university’s most prestigious donor recognition groups.

Shaw Society

President Robert S. Shaw served as the eleventh president of MSU, introducing new courses including Hotel Administration, Public Administration, Geology, Geography and Physical Education for women.

Abbot Society

The Abbot Society was established to honor one of the first presidents of MSU, Theophilus C. Abbot, who led the university from 1862 to 1885. Abbot promoted growth, secured critical government appropriations and furthered MSU’s prestige as the nation’s first agricultural college.

Snyder Society

Jonathan L. Snyder served in the role of MSU president from 1896 to 1915, transforming the office of the president with an aggressive administrative style that focused on innovation in higher education.

Hannah Society

The Hannah Society honors the memory of President John A. Hannah, who served the university for 46 years, 28 of them as MSU’s twelft h president. He is revered by many and guided the university through its period of greatest physical and philosophical growth.

Beaumont Tower Society

Chartered during the university’s first capital campaign, Beaumont Tower Society is named after the one landmark that so thoroughly symbolizes Michigan State University, its history and traditions.

Presidents Club

Established in 1963, the Presidents Club was the first donor recognition group created at Michigan State University and remains the largest.