Arthur J. “Art” Samberg, a successful hedge fund manager and the former chairman of Pequot Capital Management, the world’s largest hedge fund in the early 2000s, contributes generously to a variety of causes. In 2006, Art Samberg donated $25 million to the Columbia Business School, where he earned his MBA. Those funds allowed the school to endow 20 professorships.
Columbia Business School operates a number of programs for students and faculty, including the Entrepreneur in Residence Program. This program, led by Professor Clifford Schorer, invites four to six businesspeople to be entrepreneurial guests each academic year. These individuals lend their expertise to members of the Columbia community in the process of starting their own businesses, whether they be faculty, staff, or students. They also help develop the school’s entrepreneurship program.
The 2013-2014 Entrepreneurs in Residence include three alumni of the school. All six of the entrepreneurs will present workshops in the spring of 2014. Individuals with Columbia University email accounts may also meet with entrepreneurs by requesting a meeting through the school’s website.
In 2002, alumni Art Samberg presented New York’s Columbia Business School with a donation of $10 million, an amount that was then used to establish the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence. The goal of the institute is to enhance the learning and teaching experiences of its faculty members by way of quality information, resources, and carefully constructed programs of study. The initiatives focus on insight, research, and forecast and are accessible by senior, junior, and visiting faculty staff at Columbia Business School.
Orientation programs are available for new faculty members, and a mentorship program allows junior faculty to connect with more experienced members, benefitting from their knowledge and wisdom. Teaching workshops are open for public observance by the entire faculty, and the staff members engage in roundtable discussion, individual coaching, and supplying feedback on teacher performance within the classroom. In establishing the institute, Art J. Samberg was successful in creating an initiative to improve the school’s teaching quality, the ongoing benefits of which are still experienced by the faculty and the students today.