July 16, 2014

Berthiaumes Promote Innovation

$10-million gift creates new center at Isenberg
Douglas and Diana Berthiaume

UMass Amherst has received a $10-million gift from longtime supporters Douglas and Diana Berthiaume to create a world-class Center for Entrepreneurship within the Isenberg School of Management. Douglas Berthiaume ’71, ’05Hon, an Isenberg School graduate, is chairman, president, and CEO of Waters Corporation in Milford, Mass., and co-chair of UMass Rising, the university’s $300-million fundraising campaign.

The Berthiaume Center will house a campus network of scholars, innovators, and entrepreneurs supporting research, education, and practice targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous $5-million gift in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the center will include significant collaborations with the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Engineering.

Douglas Berthiaume said, “Over the past 20 years I have become intimately involved with a number of aspects of the university, including the school of management and the environmental sciences. I have seen firsthand how great research, a committed faculty and private partnerships give students a richer learning environment. Diana and I look forward to seeing the impact this new center will have across the university.”