Trust supports visits by top international speakers

29 May 2011

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Sir John Logan Campbell

The Trustees of the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate have gifted $50,000 to underwrite the 2011 Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Their generous grant enables the Business School to bring to New Zealand a number of preeminent international scholars and business practitioners to continue what has become a highly-regarded series of public presentations.

A highlight of the School's events calendar, the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series showcases the latest thinking from the academic, business, government and non-profit sectors and offers a unique forum for topical debate by thought-leaders who would otherwise be largely inaccessible to the general public.

Previous speakers include Alan Beckenstein, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate Business School, Professor Lynn Stout of the University of California in Los Angeles, Professor Alan Rugman, Director of Research at Henley Business School and Nobel-prize winning economist Professor Robert Lucas of the University of Chicago.

This latest gift continues the Trust's long and valued tradition of support for the Business School and its goal of enhancing the nation's economic growth and prosperity in a global business environment.

In 1997 the Trust gifted $100,000 to establish the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive-in-Residence programme, which enables leading business practitioners to work with the Business School. The position is currently occupied by Dr Brian Hannan, who in his role as Executive-in-Residence champions The University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurs' Challenge and chairs its investment committee.

The Challenge provides funding, mentoring, access to the Entrepreneurs' Challenge's partners and networks, consulting, and experiential learning programmes and profile-building opportunities for selected high potential New Zealand SMEs.

Another Trust initiative was the naming of the Sir John Logan Campbell Boardroom, which forms part of the Dean's suite in the Owen G Glenn Building. Equipped for video-conferencing, the room has become a focal point for Faculty executive meetings and for public and private sector organisations seeking high-quality workspace in a professional environment.

The Trust's association with the Business School continues the work of Scottish-born entrepreneur John Logan Campbell (1817-1912) who founded Auckland's first merchant firm and who through a lifetime of philanthropy and public service came to be identified with the city he loved. Knighted in 1902, he remains one of the country's greatest benefactors.