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Tuck Receives $52 Million Gift to Fund Dartmouth Summit on Health, Wealth, and Sustainability

The anonymous gift, the largest in Tuck’s history, will endow a new One Dartmouth initiative aimed at creating integrative solutions to complex global challenges.

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has received the largest gift commitment in the school’s history—a $52.1 million anonymous pledge to endow a recurring summit that convenes global leaders from the private and public sectors, academic researchers, and students with the goal of inspiring action to improve the health, wealth, and sustainability of people and the planet in the 21st century.

“This historic gift will have an enduring and far-reaching impact, not only at Tuck and Dartmouth, but in organizations and communities throughout the world,” says Dean Matthew J. Slaughter. “The wickedest challenges facing our world need new solutions informed by new ways of thinking.  This summit will be a powerful and lasting demonstration of our school’s mission to prepare wise, decisive leaders who better the world through business.”

Tuck News: Ron Adner, Lindsey Leininger, Matthew Garcia, Douglas Irwin

The Summit’s initial faculty council includes Ron Adner, the Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration; Lindsey Leininger, clinical professor and faculty director of the Tuck Center for Health Care; Matthew Garcia, a professor of history and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies at Dartmouth; and Douglas Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth.  

Leveraging the distinct capabilities of a leading global business school anchored within one of the world’s preeminent research institutions, the signature summit will draw on the breadth of knowledge and collaborative spirit that pervades the Dartmouth community. Helping guide the Dartmouth Summit on Health, Wealth, and Sustainability will be the expertise of a faculty council. Initially representing Tuck faculty on the council are Ron Adner, the Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration, an accomplished scholar in the areas of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and Clinical Professor Lindsey Leininger, whose research lies at the intersection of health care, data analytics, and public policy and who was recently appointed faculty director of the Tuck Center for Health Care. Faculty of Arts & Sciences members initially on the council are Matthew Garcia, a professor of history and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies, and Douglas Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics. Garcia’s research focuses on labor and immigration history as well as rural-to-urban studies; Irwin specializes in U.S. trade policy, globalization, and the World Trade Organization.


The wickedest challenges facing our world need new solutions informed by new ways of thinking.  This summit will be a powerful and lasting demonstration of our school’s mission.
Tuck Dean Matthew J. Slaughter


By inviting participation from across Dartmouth, including the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, the Guarini Schools of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, this One Dartmouth initiative will spark interdisciplinary solutions guided by rigorous research and infused with visionary leadership.

“The summit reflects the donor’s strong belief in the transformative power of scholarship at Dartmouth and its application within and beyond the classroom,” says Punam Keller, the Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management and faculty director of the Tuck Center for Business, Government and Society, who helped secure the gift while serving as Senior Associate Dean for Advancement and Tuck-Dartmouth Programs. “The urgency of these challenges is apparent, and The Dartmouth Summit for Health, Wealth, and Sustainability has tremendous potential to incubate creative and much-needed solutions.”


Complex challenges can only be solved by harnessing the full dynamism and creativity present throughout, and beyond, our campus community. 
Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon D’77


Uniting Dartmouth students and scholars with business and societal leaders from around the world, the forum will present an opportunity for participants to learn from and alongside each other as they develop new ways to solve forward-looking problems. Summit topics will explore the intersecting roles of public policy, health care, climate change, politics, and finance in addressing global challenges.  Planning for the inaugural summit is underway, with details to be announced in the new academic year.

“Complex challenges can only be solved by harnessing the full dynamism and creativity present throughout, and beyond, our campus community,” says President Philip J. Hanlon D’77. “This summit will galvanize a global network of accomplished scholars and leaders committed to building a better world.”

The $52.1M gift brings The Tuck Difference campaign total to over $314 million. Announced in 2018 with a goal of $250 million, Tuck has exceeded its campaign targets thanks to combined participation by more than 81% of its alumni.