In 2007, Scheller alumnus Steven A. Denning (IM, 1970) committed $5 million over five years to Georgia Tech’s Technology & Management Program, which today enrolls a highly selective group of undergraduate majors from the Colleges of Business, Computing, and Engineering.
In 2010, he made a commitment to provide the College with a second $5 million gift that was matched from a $20 million challenge fund provided by Mr. Ernest Scheller; this elevated total funding of the program to $15 million.
This additional funding of the program, now called the Steven A. Denning Technology & Management Program, provided the necessary resources to create an academic environment that sets a global standard in interdisciplinary education for future leaders in an increasingly innovative world. This remarkable funding will ensure the Program's continued excellence, and will enable both its enrichment and its expansion.
This program is doing an excellent job of preparing students to secure the most competitive jobs upon graduation and demonstrate superior performance in their careers.
Steven A. Denning is the Chairman of General Atlantic LLC. He joined the firm in 1980 and built the organization into one of the leading global equity firms with over $15 billion under management and offices in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, São Paulo, London, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He is actively involved in a number of private and public information technology companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Eclipsys Corporation (NASDAQ: ECLP), Hewitt Associates (NYSE: HEW) IHS, Inc. (NYSE: IHS), and Genpact (NYSE: G). He is also a director of The Thomson Reuters Corporation (NYSE: TRI; TSX: TRI).
Denning joined General Atlantic after working with McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1978, and served six years in the U.S Navy, where he also obtained an MS degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.
He has served two terms as a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB), and he and his wife, Roberta, are Honorary Chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Public Phase of the campaign. He is also a member of the President's Council Giving Club and the College of Computing Advisory Board. Mr. Denning is also a member of The Board of Trustees of Stanford University, The Brookings Institute, the Connecticut Science Center, and the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Museum of Natural History, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy. He is also Emeritus Chairman and a member the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the McKinsey Investment Office Advisory Council, and the Board of Governors of the Partnership for Public Service. He was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Cancer Research Institute.
Mr. Denning's visit on February 22, 2014 to meet with Class of 2014 capstone project students.