Dean Amy Hillman drives an unprecedented year of giving


TEMPE, Ariz. (Sept. 18, 2019) — As Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business welcomes students to campus, the school is also celebrating an unprecedented year of giving. Kicked off by a $25 million donation from the W. P. Carey Foundation to establish the $50 million campaign, the business school raised $43.7 million in fiscal year 2018-19. This included several major gifts, but also 615 individual gifts from students, alumni, and supporters on Sun Devil Giving Day alone. Alumni giving constituted a generous $11.7 million, and 820 donors gave to W. P. Carey for the first time. These gifts help fund scholarships, research, and student resources.

At the helm of these accomplishments, Dean Amy Hillman helped lead the record-breaking year of fundraising at a crucial time — the state of Arizona has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for higher education. “Of course what we do at W. P. Carey is business, but I always practice that ‘business is personal,’” Hillman explained. “What donors share with us, no matter the gift is about the people who are impacted through a scholarship, research, or career opportunity.”

Hillman also was recently named an In Business magazine 2019 Woman of Achievement. She joins Cindy McCain, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and other community leaders who are being celebrated for their business success, connection, and service to the community, and their efforts to grow business. Earlier this summer, Hillman was elected vice president-elect and vice chair-elect of the Academy of Management.

“Amy’s leadership is a rare mix of authenticity and vision that invites people into our W. P. Carey community. Whether that person is a student, a donor, an employee, or a community business owner, they see how they fit into our story, how they make a difference for our school,” said alumnus and philanthropist Rich Boals.

More than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at W. P. Carey across all campuses this fall. They are part of a tradition of excellence that spans across academic, business, and community circles, with Dean Amy Hillman leading the way.

To contribute to continued excellence at W. P. Carey, email Jim Van Wicklin, executive director of development, at Or call 480-965-8846.

About the W. P. Carey School of Business
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and W. P. Carey is represented by alumni in over 160 countries. Visit

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Shay Moser, ASU
W. P. Carey School of Business

Kim Steinmetz, ASU
W. P. Carey School of Business

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