SAN RAFAEL -- Dominican University of California today announced the receipt of the largest single gift since the school opened in 1890, one expected to ultimately generate $25 million in new income and help fund the expansion of programs and infrastructure.
Dominican will rename its school of business and leadership for the donor, Andrew Barowsky, whose outright gift is valued at approximately $17.5 million. Mr. Barowsky is currently chair of the university's board of trustees, having served on the board since 2004.
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Mr. Barowsky served as president, treasurer and chief executive of Auburn, Maine-based Lepage Bakeries, Inc. from 1977 to 2012, when Georgia-based Flowers Foods acquired the company for $370 million. The company continues to operate under its own name as a division of Lepage, where Mr. Barowsky serves as co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries and vice chairman of innovation for Flowers Foods.
He became involved at Dominican at the encouragement of long-time professor Françoise Lepage, the sister of a business associate. Mr. Barowsky also chaired the 12-member presidential search committee that selected Mary Marcy as Dominican's ninth president as of July 1, 2011.
As part of the university's announcement, Mr. Barowsky echoed some of the philosophies helping to craft the recast business school that will soon bear his name.
"We will create a business school that not only anticipates change but also creates change," said Mr. Barowsky, in a written announcement. "Our goal is to be flexible, strategic and responsive."
The funding will also establish the Françoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation, which is focused on boosting the school's international programming, and support a long-term campus facility upgrade known as the Acacia Project. Upgrades include the renovation of Bertrand Hall -- soon to be renamed Barowsky Hall -- as well as campus residences and other overall improvements.
Upcoming changes at the business school have included a curriculum centered on the prominence of globalization across business disciplines, including a requirement for international consulting work and a 10-day trip abroad for MBA students.
“Our global consulting project will give Dominican’s MBA graduates a significant competitive edge when they enter the workforce,” said Sam Beldona, dean of the newly named Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business.
Dominican also received an $8 million gift -- then the largest in its history -- from San Francisco restaurateur and developer Rolf Lewis in 2012. That contribution went toward the reconstruction of a 125-year-old, 30,000-square-foot mansion for classroom use at the university, which was itself sold to the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael for $10 in 1918.
The San Rafael private college enrolls around 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students.