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The College of Saint Rose announced today that Richard J. Huether of Schenectady, a trustee of the college for more than a decade, has made a large gift toward the college’s new School of Business.
College officials are not revealing the exact amount of the gift to protect the donor’s wish for confidentiality, but said it brings the total amount raised to $2.8 million toward the $5 million campaign goal, which includes funds for construction and academic programming.
Huether joins more than 20 other donors who have made early leadership gifts for the college’s newest project.
The college’s Board of Trustees on May 13 approved a resolution to name the school the Huether School of Business in recognition of his large gift. The school will be located in a renovated building at 994 Madison Ave.
“Dick is thoroughly invested in the important role that first-class facilities play in advancing the mission and quality of our academic programs,” said Saint Rose President R. Mark Sullivan in a statement. “What guides Dick’s thinking, however, is the power of well-designed spaces and technology that enable faculty members to shape the educational development of our students who learn by doing as much as they learn by lessons and lectures.
“It is Dick’s hope that his gift will serve as a catalyst for others to invest in the education of the next generation of business leaders at this time of critical change in today’s economy,”
Huether worked for General Electric for 34 years in various areas of marketing. After retirement, he spent 25 years as a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Business Administration, teaching courses in marketing and management at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Huether has written several articles on marketing and has been an invited speaker to international conferences.
A Schenectady native, Huether graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and then followed his father and uncles to Notre Dame, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He is the recipient of the Christian Brothers Academy’s Excellence in Alumni and Community Service Award.
Huether serves on the boards of several nonprofits. He was appointed to the college’s board in 1998, currently serving as board secretary, a member of the executive committee and chairman of the campus life committee. In 2008, he received the Board of Trustees Torch of Strength Award.
“The new Huether School of Business will dramatically enhance the academic experience of students and faculty alike, providing the latest technology, additional classrooms, seminar rooms and dedicated spaces for internship coordination, leadership and entrepreneurship programming,” said Severin Carlson, dean of the Huether School of Business, in a statement.