New Name for College of Management

Manning School of Business Poised for Growth

In May, Robert and Donna Manning, both UMass Lowell alumni, made a multimillion-dollar commitment that will create more than $5 million in endowment to support ongoing initiatives for the new "Manning School."

In May, Robert and Donna Manning, both UMass Lowell alumni, made a multimillion-dollar commitment that will create more than $5 million in endowment to support ongoing initiatives for the new "Manning School."

12/02/2011
By Jill Gambon

It’s official.  The College of Management has been renamed the Manning School of Business. The new name comes at a time of growth and transformation for the school. In May, Robert and Donna Manning, both UMass Lowell alumni, made a multimillion-dollar commitment that will create more than $5 million in endowment to support ongoing initiatives for the new "Manning School." 
 
This successful fundraising effort is tied to other initiatives to raise funds for the construction of a new building to house the Manning School.  It will be located on North Campus surrounded by the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences at the corner of University Avenue and Riverside Street. Right next door will be the new Emerging Technology and Innovation Center (ETIC), a $70 million building set to open next year.

"We are extremely grateful to Rob and Donna Manning for their generous donation as this gift will make a huge and lasting impact on our business students and the University," said Dean Kathryn Carter. "This gift immediately elevates our Business School and complements other gifts coming in for the new building. All these gifts are truly transformative. With a new name, a new building and additional resources we can continue to move the Business School to the next level."  

Rob Manning joined MFS Investments after graduating in 1984, working his way up to the position of chief executive officer and chairman of the Boston-based company, which has been in business since 1924 and has more than 1,800 employees in operations around the world. He served on the UMass Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010. 

Donna Manning holds nursing and master of business administration degrees from UMass Lowell. She has worked as an oncology nurse for more than 25 years at Boston Medical Center, where she has received top awards for excellence in patient care. Both are originally from Methuen and live in Swampscott, and their previous contributions to UMass Lowell include endowing scholarships for business and nursing students.