November 3, Swanson School of Engineering Board of Visitors Chair Roberta A.
Luxbacher announced the establishment of the Gerald D. Holder Innovation Fund via generous contributions from
the board. The fund was established in recognition of Dean Holder’s focus on
innovation and excellence which transformed the Swanson School into a leader in
engineering and research during his 21-year tenure. The Gerald D. Holder Innovation Fund will facilitate the Swanson
School’s ability to pursue for its students and faculty inspired, enterprising,
and entrepreneurial programs and initiatives included, but not limited to:
comments, Ms. Luxbacher addressed Dean Holder, emphasizing: “Jerry, this Board
of Visitors is immensely proud of what you have done for the Swanson School of
Engineering during your 21-year tenure.
You have made it a school that all of us are extremely proud to be
associated with. In honor of your
accomplishments and as a token of our thanks, I’m pleased to announce that the
Swanson School Board of Visitors has generously helped us to kick off the
establishment of the Gerald D Holder
Innovation Fund in the Swanson School of Engineering.”
$420,000 fund was anchored by two major gifts from Dr. John A. Swanson and Mr.
Jack Mascaro and included significant donations from board members. “With the
announcement of the Fund, from this evening on,” added Luxbacher,” it will
serve an open opportunity for contributions from faculty, alumni, corporations,
and friends until next summer when Jerry officially retires, at which point we
will announce the success of our mini-campaign to honor “The Dean of Deans.”
information or to make a donation, please go to: http://www.giveto.pitt.edu and
designate your gift to the Gerald D. Holder Fund for Innovation.
also contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 412-624-2344 or
email Carey Anne Zucca at firstname.lastname@example.org.