Alumnus Gift Endows Faculty Chair at Tuck

After returning to Tuck School of Business for his 20-year reunion this past fall, Zdeněk Bakala decided to give back to the school that helped him achieve his professional success by donating $2.5 million to endow the Bakala Professor of Management faculty chair, Tuck announced Wednesday.

“The skills I learned at Tuck translated into success in entrepreneurship,” Bakala says. “The contacts I made are still important to me””they are people I speak to every day. I want to help make sure this experience continues for Tuck students.”

The gift supports Tuck’s continuing efforts to provide world-class business leadership education through a faculty of scholar teachers. Establishing this faculty chair advances one of the primary goals of the school’s Tuck 2012 initiative””to provide students with enhanced access to faculty experts.

Bakala is an established business figure in his native Czech Republic. In 1991, he established the Prague office of Credit Suisse First Boston, and in 1994 founded Patria Finance, one of the largest investment banking boutiques in the Czech Republic.

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