University of Vermont

$100,000 Gift Will Support Career Services in UVM School of Business Administration

A $100,000 gift from an alumnus of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont will support career services for students in the school.

Designated to the School of Business Administration Career Services Fund, the gift from alumnus Stephen Ifshin, class of 1958, and his wife Billie Lim, will be used to help students develop their career management skills.

“The incoming dean, Sanjay Sharma, recognizes the importance of career services in starting students along a successful career trajectory,” said Ifshin. “We want to help build the resource base he’ll need to advance that priority.” Ifshin is co-chair of the business school’s Board of Advisors, which established the Career Services Fund to support career services activities including staffing, program delivery and related events, salary, benefits, internships, marketing, and other purposes. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Vermont Foundation, a nonprofit corporation formed this spring to secure and manage private support for the benefit of the university.

Sharma, whose appointment as dean is effective July 1, 2011, comes to UVM with a background in both the private sector and academia, including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education. During his four-year tenure at the John Molson School of Business at Canada’s Concordia University, the Molson School established itself as one of the top business schools globally.

Larry Shirland, professor of business and interim dean of the School of Business Administration, said "The School of Business Administration has recently realized a longstanding ambition in adding its first full-time career services position. Steve Ifshin and Billie Lim's generous gift will give the new dean the resources to make that position as effective as possible in delivering a new level of career services to our students."