Dean's Circle Membership

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The Dean’s Circle transforms the graduate business programs at Notre Dame by providing outstanding levels of annual support to areas of greatest need. These distinguished benefactors make gifts of $25,000 or more to the O’Hara Society in a given fiscal year. Through their generosity and vision, the Dean’s Circle members embody the spirit of Fr. O’Hara, who believed “the primary function of commerce is service to mankind.”

Dean’s Circle memberships may be funded on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Join online or by phone at (574) 631-5198.

Impact of the Society

The John Cardinal O’Hara Society recognizes alumni and friends who make significant annual contributions to Mendoza’s Graduate Business programs. Gifts provided by our members support:

  • Fellowships for talented students
  • Innovative academic programs

  • Robust services for graduate business alumni

  • Recruitment of world-class faculty

Alumni and friends of all graduate business programs (MBA, EMBA, MNA, MSA, MSM, MSF, and MSBA) are invited.

About The John Cardinal O’Hara Society

John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., founded Notre Dame’s College of Foreign and Domestic Commerce (now the Mendoza College of Business) in 1921. He became the college’s first dean and later served as President of Notre Dame from 1934 to 1940.

Cardinal O’Hara’s vision — values-oriented curriculum, ethics, ideals and innovation — serves as the foundation of our commitment to Ask More of Business.

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€œThe college should send [people] into business with a sound knowledge of business theory€, with lofty ideals of citizenship, with sound conceptions of business morality€, and with a character that will put those principles into practice under whatever temptations the world may offer.€ John Cardinal O’€™Hara, the first dean of Notre Dame’s College of Business Administration and the University’s 13th President