University Relations & Development
The Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University is recognized as one of the leading business schools in the country, with nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in a number of areas.
The ascent of the college has paralleled the growth of SDSU into one of the nation’s top public universities. SDSU is recognized for its accounting, entrepreneurship, international business and sports MBA programs.
In 2016, the college was named in honor of San Diego philanthropists Ron and Alexis Fowler, whose $25 million gift is the largest in the history of the university, and also marks the first time a college at SDSU has been named. Established as a matching gift, this endowment provides a challenge to the university and its supporters to raise an additional $25 million for the college. More than $13 million has already been matched.
The goal of the match is to support Fowler College and university leadership and become one of the world’s premier business schools, focused on ethical leadership and dedicated to educating the next generation of business leaders. SDSU’s Fowler College of Business has over 60,000 alumni who work for, as well as lead, many companies in the San Diego region, California and the nation.
Ron & Alexis Fowler
Through the years, Alexis Fowler, a graduate of SDSU’s College of Business, and Ron Fowler have contributed to many SDSU programs such as entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism management, student scholarships, alumni and athletics. The naming of the Fowler Athletics Center was a result of The Fowler Challenge, which inspired many others to support SDSU athletics, raising more than $10 million.
Ron and Alexis wanted to invest in SDSU’s College of Business because they could see the potential for growing its reputation. Named endowments for department chairs, professorships and fellowships in the different business disciplines will help to recruit and retain top-ranked faculty. Endowments also serve as a catalyst to develop and expand signature programs and initiatives that create enriching academic and experiential learning opportunities for students.
Ron and Alexis believe that principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development are key to a thriving business environment. The couple also believes strongly in ethical leadership, and so the Fowler College of Business is focused on educating future business leaders who possess values such as trust, honesty, consideration and fairness, and who prioritize the dignity and rights of others.
Reasons to Contribute to an Endowment
Endowment gifts are re-invested in perpetuity, and serve as a permanent tribute to your generosity and values for generations to come. The sustainable funding generated from your support can transform the Fowler College of Business in a multitude of ways:
- Supports Student Growth, Opportunity and Achievement. Scholarships allow students the financial freedom to pursue their education, internships, and extracurricular experiences that they otherwise could not have. Your endowed scholarship support would provide educational opportunities to all future Aztecs pursuing their degree at the Fowler College of Business.
- Create, Expand and Sustain Academic Programs. The sustainable creation and expansion of programs within the Fowler College of Business is made possible through distributions from endowments. Your contributions would support the lecture series, program events, and staff and administrator positions within these programs, ultimately enriching the educational experiences of our students.
- Recognize Teaching Excellence and Attract Exemplary Faculty. Endowed professorships are reserved for the most talented professors and are instrumental to their recognition and retention. Your support would be transformative in enabling the Fowler College of Business to recruit, promote, and retain exemplary faculty, as well as provide funding for innovative research.
The Fowlers' Donor Story