Farmer School of Business


Priority Funds

Farmer School of Business Dean’s Fund
The Farmer School of Business is continually seeking new and exciting ways to engage students in meaningful ways. To achieve this we must continue to be innovative. Unrestricted funds allow us to upgrade facilities, enhance and create new educational programs and improve an already challenging and cutting edge education.

Endowed scholarship support for international study
At the Farmer School of Business, students receive a broad-based Miami University education paired with a business curriculum that prepares them for leadership in a dynamic, challenging environment. To equip them further for such leadership, we offer many international opportunities to enhance their educational experience. The majority of students who don't participate in an international program cite expense as the number one reason. It is our desire for 100% of Farmer School students to participate in at least one international experience during their Miami years.

Farmer School Faculty Support Fund
The retiring baby boom generation, coupled with a decline in new doctoral candidates, forces Miami to compete for new faculty from a declining pool of applicants. The school seeks to establish endowed positions to attract and retain outstanding faculty at all ranks: Endowed Chairs, Distinguished Professorships, Faculty Fellowships and funds for Faculty Excellence.


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Farmer School of Business Donor Stories

President and chief executive officer of Harman International funds chair, scholarship.

Dick ’56 and Joyce Farmer ’57 and the Farmer Family Foundation continue life-long commitment to the Farmer School of Business and Miami

Farmer School of Business receives gift from The Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Foundation

Three-year campaign strengthens Farmer School, Department of Accountancy in three key areas

Farmer School of Business announces $1 million gift for students

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David ZilchDavid Zilch '84
Senior Director of Development
David Zilch joined the Farmer School of Business development staff in 2012 and now leads the team as its senior director of development. Prior to Miami, he was an innovator at a successful start-up in the telecom industry. David is a 1984 Miami graduate, a Miami Merger and has three children who have followed the family’s Miami tradition. The Farmer School of Business is a passion that he lives out while engaging the school’s alumni.

Joe ChristmanJoe Christman
Senior Associate Director of Development
Joe Christman joined the Farmer School development team with 15 years of experience in higher education, including with the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and DePaul University. He holds several degrees from Loyola University Chicago and earned his M.B.A. from Xavier University. Joe lives in Cincinnati with his wife and daughter and enjoys staying fit, sports and spending time with friends and family.

Dan EmsickeDan Emsicke
Associate Director of Development
Dan joined the Farmer School last fall bringing 15 years of fundraising experience in higher education, including at Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Xavier. Dan resides on a small farm in Newtown, Ohio, and he enjoys horseback riding and coaching youth basketball.

Will DeDakisWill DeDakis `12
Assistant Director of Development
Will is a 2012 Farmer School graduate who joins the development team after previously working in marketing and advancement roles with The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital. Will is half of a Miami Merger, and he and his wife currently live with their dog in Hilliard, Ohio. Will enjoys playing basketball and volleyball and traveling with his wife.