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

Dinesh and Ila Paliwal pay it forward with $1.5 million gift to the Farmer School of Business
President and chief executive officer of Harman International funds chair, scholarship.

$40 million gift sets record for Miami University
Dick ’56 and Joyce Farmer ’57 and the Farmer Family Foundation continue life-long commitment to the Farmer School of Business and Miami

$1 million gift supports Farmer School study abroad scholarship
Farmer School of Business receives gift from The Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Foundation

Ernst & Young LLP Employees Answer $1 Million Challenge
Three-year campaign strengthens Farmer School, Department of Accountancy in three key areas

$1 Million Gift Honors Former Dean, Opens New Worlds to Farmer School Students
Farmer School of Business announces $1 million gift for students

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David ZilchDavid Zilch '84
Senior Director of Development

David joined the Farmer School of Business development staff in 2012 and now leads the Farmer School team as senior director of development. Prior to Miami, he was an innovator at a successful startup in the telecom industry. David is a 1984 graduate, a Miami Merger and has four children who have followed in the family’s Miami legacy.

Joe ChristmanJoe Christman
Senior Associate Director of Development

Joe joined the Farmer School team in 2015 with over 15 years of experience in higher education, including the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and DePaul University. He has earned several degrees from Loyola University Chicago and his MBA from Xavier University. Joe lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children and enjoys staying fit, sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Chrissy BrunnerChrissy Brunner
Associate Director of Development

Chrissy is one of our newest members to the Farmer School development team, joining us in fall 2017. Prior to coming to Miami, she spent 21 years at Nielsen in New York working in the television business as an account manager and pricing leader. Chrissy is a 1989 Miami graduate with a B.S. in education and is excited to be back home in Oxford. When Chrissy isn't working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Dan EmsickeDan Emsicke
Associate Director of Development

Dan joined the Farmer School in 2015 and now has over 19 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 his small farm in Newtown, Ohio, and enjoys horseback riding and coaching youth basketball.

Mark GainesMark Gaines
Associate Director of Development

Mark joined the Farmer School in fall 2017 after previously working in development for Earlham College. Prior to transitioning into higher education, he worked in brand management and operations and had a small stint as an entrepreneur. Mark is a 1994 graduate of Earlham College and earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota. Mark resides in Richmond, Indiana, and enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his son and daughter who have very active lives in arts and athletics.

Will DeDakisWill DeDakis `12
Assistant Director of Development

Will is a 2012 Farmer School graduate who joined the development team after previously working in marketing and advancement roles with the Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital. Will works out of and resides in the Columbus area with his golden retriever Athena. Will enjoys playing basketball in the winter and volleyball in the summer, but most of all, he enjoys traveling to new countries. He is currently training for his second indoor triathlon.