May. 05, 2016
BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi recently announced the 
Dean, Prof. Oded Lowengart
appointment of Prof. Oded Lowengart (right) as the incumbent Ernest Scheller, Jr. Chair in Innovative Management.

Prof. Lowengart, Dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management GGFBM, says he is “honored and proud to continue this venerable appointment, to be associated with the Scheller name, and to follow his predecessor and friend former BGU Vice President and Emer. Prof. Amos Drory.

ErnestScheller, Jr.Mr. Scheller (pictured left) endowed the Ernest Scheller, Jr. Chair in Innovative Management in 2008, discerning that the GGFBM was ​forging its way quickly towards global recognition in innovative research and studies within its first decade. Now, nearly another decade later, Prof. Lowengart’s appointment is propitious, as he is at the helm of the GGFBM’s diversification and globalization, well positioned in the forefront of entrepreneurship and innovation in business and management.

The Schellers' relationship with the GGFBM continued to grow and in 2011, The Roberta and Ernest Scheller, Jr. Family Foundation pledged $500,000 to name the majestic atrium at the entrance to the Diane & Guilford Glazer Building that houses the GGFBM. The Roberta and Ernest Scheller, Jr. Family Foundation Entrance Plaza is often used as an exhibit hall for student project presentations, for special events, as well as a daily public area for impromptu meetings.

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L-R: Lisa Scheller, Gal Gutman, Gil Peleg, Wayne Woodman

Just this month, the Schellers’ daughter and son-in-law
Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman visited BGU and met with two PhD research students of GGFBM Dean Prof. Oded Lowengart, Mr. Gil Peleg and Ms Gal Gutman. Lisa and Wayne are highly active community leaders with very specialized philanthropic and public policy interests, including their AABGU leadership. This meeting, therefore, held compelling significance for all, since the research fields of both Gil and Gal are, uncommonly, in social entrepreneurship and third sector.