Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
An endowment gift to Northwestern University will create two new
visiting professorships thanks to Robin Chemers Neustein, a Northwestern
alumna and member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
gift will establish the Robin Chemers Neustein Law School Visiting
Professorship within the School of Law and the Robin Chemers Neustein
Kellogg School Visiting Professorship within the Kellogg School of
“This is a terrific gift that will allow us to
enhance our faculty in interesting new ways,” said Daniel B. Rodriguez,
dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University School
of Law. “It gives us another means by which to bring differing voices
and viewpoints to the classroom, and creates additional opportunities
for scholarly collaboration.”
The Robin Chemers Neustein Kellogg
Visiting Professorship will bring scholars and practitioners to Kellogg
to teach classes, hold lectures, and meet with industry leaders in
support of Kellogg’s thought leadership strategic priorities – Markets
and Customers, Architectures of Collaboration, Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Public-Private Interface.
grateful for Robin’s generosity and thrilled about the teaching
opportunities that this gift creates during a truly transformative time
for Kellogg,” said Kellogg Dean Sally Blount. “This professorship will
further advance how we educate and equip business leaders to think about
customers, markets, and collaboration to drive growth in an
increasingly complex global economy.
Ms. Neustein received both a
JD and MBA from Northwestern in 1979. As a student, she was a member of
the business national honor society and a managing editor of the
Journal of International Law and Law. She was named a National Trustee
of the University in 2011. Over the years, her gifts have supported
scholarships for Northwestern students, as well as the annual funds of
both the Law School and Kellogg.
“Northwestern Law and Kellogg
were pivotal in my life, giving me inspiration as well as skills, and
providing a community of exceptional students and faculty,” said Ms.
Neustein, adding that “Deans Rodriguez and Blount are visionaries who
will take their schools to even higher levels. I am honored to
participate in their vision by establishing these professorships.”
Neustein is a senior director of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. She joined
the firm in 1982 as a member of the investment banking division and
became a general partner there in 1990, subsequently serving as the
firm’s chief of staff during its last decade as a private partnership,
and as an executive officer upon its going public. She is the managing
member of her family investment office and a founder of Circle Financial
Group, a peer-to-peer wealth management organization founded by and for
This gift comes at a pivotal time for Northwestern. On
March 14, the University announced its $3.75 billion fundraising
campaign, We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, to address society’s
critical challenges and prepare global leaders. The University-wide,
multi-year effort will support initiatives across Northwestern,
including the Law School and Kellogg.
Further details on the law school initiatives can be found at law.northwestern.edu/campaign. Information on the Kellogg initiatives is available at kellogg.northwestern.edu/about/transforming.