University of Portland
03-14-2012
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland announces combined $500,000 gift from Nancy and Andy Bryant for Executive MBA in Nonprofit Management program and men’s basketball

University of Portland has announced two gifts totaling $500,000 from Nancy and Andy Bryant, Portland residents who are long-time community supporters and friends of the University.

The Bryants’ gift includes $350,000 for the Pamplin School of Business Executive MBA in Nonprofit Management (EMBA) program and $150,000 to support the Pilot men’s basketball program.

Nancy is a member of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents and co-chair of the University’s RISE campaign. The campaign was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million over the next several years, which would result in one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

Andy is Executive Vice President of Intel and Vice Chairman of the Intel Board of Directors.

The Bryants are both involved with organizations that benefit people working to improve their lives through education, creating a cycle of independence, confidence and success, according to Nancy.

“Together with Andy, we feel that education makes the biggest difference in people’s lives,” she said. “I have a passion for the University and feel we can make a difference.”

The EMBA in Nonprofit Management combines the best managerial and leadership skills taught in the University’s traditional MBA program with the specialized content necessary to successfully manage nonprofit organizations.

The Pamplin School of Business recently announced the availability of the Andy and Nancy Bryant Fellowships for selected students accepted into the EMBA program. With an understanding of the critical role non-profit organizations play in building and maintaining the health of our community, the fellowships were created to facilitate the development of the essential skills needed by managers to lead non-profit organizations.

Through the Bryants’ generosity, the Pamplin School has the ability to help a number of EMBA students in upcoming cohorts meet part of their financial obligations. In the case of the EMBA in Nonprofit Management, the University also is making an investment in covering some of the costs of the program. 

A community volunteer and leader in the Portland area, Nancy’s areas of interest include education, mental health and women’s and children’s issues. In Portland, she has served on the boards of LifeWorks NW, Jesuit High School, the Portland Women’s Foundation and the Oregon State Advisory Board for Stand for Children. She also has served in many volunteer leadership roles in the Beaverton School District.

Nancy says she has seen firsthand how leaders of nonprofits benefit from increased education to professionally run organizations vital to the community. Nancy is confident that the investment she and her husband are making in the university will continue to provide benefits to the people the nonprofits serve.

Andy, who has played basketball and served as a volunteer coach, is a strong supporter of the Pilot’s basketball program, which has made big strides in the last few years under head coach Eric Reveno

Prior to the 2011-12 basketball season, which recently ended, the Pilot men’s team had set a school record for the most wins (60) over a three-year period. During that span, the Pilots reached the post-season all three years, were ranked in the Top 25, and had three wins over ranked opponents.

Combining their passions for education excellence in nonprofit management and basketball, the Bryants are making a difference at the University of Portland.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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