BUFFALO, N.Y. -- H. William Lichtenberger has made a $1 million
gift to the University at Buffalo School of Management to establish
an endowed professorship.
The H. William Lichtenberger Professor of Global Services and
Supply Management was created to help the UB School of Management
attract and retain top talent and build its Global Services and
Supply Management program.
"This generous gift will help us to build a world-class program
designed to train managers for a 21st century that is increasingly
defined by the global dispersion of information, services and
business processes," said Arjang A. Assad, dean of the School of
Management. "The Lichtenberger professorship also will provide the
faculty leadership we need to conduct cutting-edge research and
teach in this exciting area of management practice."
Lichtenberger made the gift in recognition of the leadership of
the school's former dean, John M. Thomas.
"I am honored and extremely grateful to Bill for his gift to the
school," said Thomas, who now serves as a professor in the school
and director of the School of Management HSBC Center for Global
Lichtenberger earned his MBA from the UB School of Management in
1966. While studying at UB, he divided his time between school and
the roles of husband, father and full-time chemical engineer.
He worked his way up the corporate ladder at the former Union
Carbide Co. and in 1992 was named chairman and CEO of Union Carbide
spinoff, Praxair, one of the world's largest industrial gas
At the height of his career, Forbes ranked Lichtenberger as one
of the top dozen most powerful executives in the U.S. chemicals
industry and one of the most powerful chief executives in all of
A strong believer that industry and education should be
partners, Lichtenberger played a key role in helping to develop the
UB School of Management's Executive MBA program in China, helping
to advance Chinese knowledge of Western business practices.
Lichtenberger retired from Praxair in 2000. He has served in the
past as a member of the Business Roundtable, a director of the
National Association of Manufacturers and a member of the board of
the Chemical Manufacturers Association. He currently serves on the
boards of Huntsman Corporation and Ingersoll-Rand and is chairman
of Treasure Coast Hospice, headquartered in Stuart, Fla.
In 2001, Lichtenberger was awarded an honorary doctorate from
the State University of New York.
The H. William Lichtenberger Lecture Hall in the Alfiero Center
is named in honor of a prior gift to the school, which he made in
recognition of the School of Management's contribution to his
Lichtenberger and his wife, Pat, divide their time between Palm
City, Fla., and Ridgefield, Conn.
The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management
No. 9 in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting
bases. In addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of
the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA
investment, and Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools
in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system that is its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.