The Campaign for the Carlson School of Management
Sri with Students

Dean's Vision

About the Driven Campaign


Sri Zaheer, Dean of Carlson School of Management

Sri Zaheer
Dean, Carlson School of Management

At the Carlson School of Management, we see business as a force for good and an essential part of addressing our world's intractable challenges.

How so? Business creates opportunity and employment, connects people across the globe, gives people meaning in their daily lives, delivers what consumers want and need, and is an engine of innovation that builds prosperity in our local communities, our state, our nation, and our world.

But to drive change, business needs bold, principled, fresh thinkers.

A core part of our mission at the Carlson School is to mold the next generation of business leaders, the sort of globally minded, entrepreneurial professionals who will continually and fearlessly seek out answers to new questions.

Through the Driven campaign, we will strengthen our commitment to finding, inspiring, and supporting tomorrow’s leaders. With your help, we seek to become:

  • A force for leadership by ensuring that more students of high promise and performance make the Carlson School their top choice.
  • A force for transformation by providing students with life-changing opportunities inside and outside the classroom that explore the workplace, entrepreneurship, and global business environments.
  • A force for engagement by reinventing teaching, learning, and outreach environments to meet the changing needs of students, faculty, and the business community.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our alumni, friends, and business partners, the Carlson School has evolved from a successful business program into a top school of management with global reach.

Now, we’re excited to build upon our progress to better serve students, create new knowledge, and shape business as a force for good.

Thank you for investing in and supporting our vision.


Sri Zaheer

Dean, Carlson School of Management

Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility

View the Campaign Case Statement >

Carlson School: A Force For Good

Your gifts are more important than ever

Private financial support is vital to the Carlson School’s success moving forward. In the 2016 fiscal year, earnings from the school’s endowment exceeded state funding for the first time.

In an era of declining state support, gifts from alumni and friends must drive the Carlson School forward.

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