McGowan Fund Welcomes New Program Director, Ellen Schantz

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Contact:  Diana Spencer (312) 243-3198;

October 1, 2012


CHICAGO, IL – Diana Spencer, Executive Director of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, today announced that Ellen Schantz has been appointed Program Director for the Fund.  In this role, she will oversee the McGowan Fellows program, an initiative that operates in partnership with the nation’s leading graduate programs in Business Administration.  Through an annual symposium and other activities, the Fund strives to offer exceptional future leaders a framework for ethical decision-making as well as a forum for ongoing dialogue throughout their careers.

Currents partners of the McGowan Fellows program are Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business; Columbia University School of Business;  Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business; Duke University Fuqua School of Business; Georgetown University McDonough School of Business; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management;  University of Chicago Booth School of Business; University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business; and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

Diana Spencer said, “I am delighted to welcome Ellen to the McGowan Charitable Fund.  The McGowan Fellows Program, established in 2009 as a legacy initiative to William G. McGowan, is transitioning from a trial period into a long-standing program of the Fund.  Ellen’s diverse and noteworthy non-profit and higher education experiences will be invaluable in advancing the mission of the program.”

Ellen Schantz comes to the McGowan Fund with more than twenty years of experience in program development and marketing communications in higher education and the arts.  Most recently she served as Director of External Affairs for Northwestern University Bienen School of Music where she launched, managed, and created programming for the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition; oversaw the Career Services program, and led the marketing communications activities.  She has also served as Associate Professor and Chair in Arts Administration at Indiana University, Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the Indianapolis Symphony, and Director of Publicity and Promotion at Atlantic Records classical division.

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund is a philanthropic family foundation established in 1992 to perpetuate William McGowan’s compassionate philanthropy and ethical leadership.  As head of MCI and the force behind its success, McGowan was grounded by a strong sense of social responsibility and guided by the belief that opportunity unlocks the power of innovative thought.  Through granting in education, healthcare and medical research, and community initiatives, the fund seeks to impact lives, create sustainable change, and empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential.


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