ATHENS, Ohio (June 8, 2004) -- J. Michael Lawrie of Ridgefield, Conn., recently committed $250,000 to Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign to establish the J. Michael Lawrie Global Education Scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences. Lawrie was recently named chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, Inc – a leading provider of business applications software. He is a highly accomplished business executive with more than 26 years of experience in building and running global operations for IBM. Lawrie, who received his bachelor's in history from Ohio University in 1975, serves on the Ohio University Board of Trustees.
The Lawrie Global Education Scholarship will support College of Arts and Sciences students participating in education abroad programs. This scholarship will help students not only achieve their higher education goals, but also to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities provided by education abroad. The Office of Education Abroad Scholarship Committee will select the recipients, who must be full-time students entering their junior or senior years and who are enrolled in an Ohio University-sponsored education abroad program. Recipients also must be involved in leadership activities on campus and possess a high degree of personal integrity.
"This wonderful gift from a new national trustee will help us to achieve our goal of making education abroad experiences available to more students," Ohio University President Robert Glidden said. "As the world gets smaller and our economy becomes more global because of multinational businesses and the Internet, I believe it is increasingly important that we 'internationalize' the university. A key part of that is providing opportunities for more of our students to study in other countries. Mr. Lawrie's commitment to this effort and dedication to this institution are sincerely appreciated."
Lawrie began his career at IBM in 1977. Since then, he has held numerous sales, marketing, development and financial management positions around the world. In 1997, he was named IBM's general manager for Personal Software Products and later headed the Network Computing Software Division at a global level. In 1998, Lawrie became general manager for IBM in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), where he led a team of more than 90,000 employees with responsibility for sales, distribution, and services operations in 124 countries. Lawrie assumed his most recent responsibilities as senior vice president and group executive for IBM's global sales and distribution in 2001 and led the company's global operations, responsible for delivering more than $80 billion of annual revenue.
Lawrie earned his MBA in marketing from Drexel University in 1977. He is a member of NTT DoCoMO's U.S. Board of Directors.
The Bicentennial Campaign – which has raised more than $203 million, surpassing its goal of raising $200 million to celebrate the university's bicentennial in 2004 – will provide money for scholarships, endowed professorships, technological enhancements, innovative programs, and select capital improvements.
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Media Contact: Assistant Dean for Development in Arts & Sciences Ellen Fultz, (740) 597-2145 or Director of Development Communication Jennifer Bowie, (740) 597-1739