AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will celebrate the naming of the Eugene M. Isenberg School of Management with a series of events Oct. 23-24 that includes an official unveiling ceremony, presentation of the Chancellor’s Medal and the Medallion for Entrepreneurship to Eugene M. Isenberg, and a private black-tie dinner at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Isenberg naming celebration is part of the UMass Homecoming Festival Weekend that features the annual homecoming parade followed by a football game at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Sat., Oct. 24. Eugene Isenberg and his wife Ronnie will be honored guests and participants in both events.
The official ceremony unveiling a plaque naming the school for Isenberg will be held Fri., Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. in Room 120 of the Isenberg School of Management. Isenberg will receive the Medallion of Entrepreneurship given by Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for business programs. The medallion is awarded annually to individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity. Isenberg was nominated by the UMass chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. An open house at the School of Management will follow the ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon.
Isenberg will also receive a Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by the campus for outstanding service to the University at a convocation to be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall.
The weekend’s activities culminate with a private dinner honoring the Isenbergs at the Mullins Center Saturday night. It will be attended by more than 600 University officials and supporters, and family and guests of the Isenbergs. Robert M. Morgenthau, district attorney, County of New York, will be the guest speaker.
In June 1997, Eugene and Ronnie Isenberg donated $6 million to Campaign UMass in support of the School of Management. Eugene Isenberg, a native of Chelsea, Mass., is a 1950 alumnus of the University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is currently chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries of Houston, Texas, a leading oil-and-gas-drilling contractor. He is a director of the American Stock Exchange.
The Isenbergs’ gift is the largest to date to Campaign UMass, the five-year drive to raise $125 million, enlist advocates, and enhance the University’s image in Massachusetts and nationwide. The Isenbergs’ gift will be used to support an endowed professorship and construction of a new wing on the Isenberg School of Management.