WELLESLEY, MA–Robert (Bob) Weissman and his wife, Jan Weissman , have made a $36.3 million gift to Babson College, enabling construction to begin on a new collaborative environment in the center of campus where students, faculty, staff, and their ideas will intertwine.
“We are all humbled, inspired, and deeply grateful for the Weissmans’ extraordinary and unmatched generosity and commitment to Babson College,” said President Kerry Healey. “Bob and Jan’s remarkable support is a testament to their deep engagement with our mission: to prepare entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere. Their guidance and support has benefited every aspect of the Babson community—our students, alumni, faculty, and the campus experience—and will continue to drive excellence at Babson for generations to come.”
While the Weissmans’ gift is unrestricted, a portion of it will be used to enable construction to begin on a new 10,000-square-foot structure in the heart of Babson’s campus. This beautiful, light-filled space will include a four-season garden for use by students and will serve as the gateway to Horn Library, making it much more accessible. Within the new structure will be group study areas and informal gathering spaces, a café, and a new home for the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance. This new construction will also establish centralized locations for Babson’s academic and extracurricular resource centers, create a state-of-the-art classroom, and provide additional faculty and staff offices.
“Babson plays a vital role in advancing the work of family businesses, of businesses led by women, of businesses that promote the common good for all people, and of entrepreneurs of all kinds,” said Robert Weissman. “Our entire family feels very fortunate that we are able to help sustain Babson’s mission around the world and to do so during our lifetimes so that we can see the impact our philanthropy is having now and in the months and years ahead.”
Robert and Jan Weissman are among Babson’s most generous and committed philanthropists. Their new gift brings their lifetime support of Babson to a record $100 million.
The Weissman family has deep ties to Babson. Married for more than 57 years, Robert and Janet Weissman have two sons that hold Babson degrees (Michael D. Weissman ’87, P’20, and Christopher J. Weissman MBA’90), as does one of their daughters-in-law (Wendy Munroe Weissman ’88, P’20). One of their grandsons is currently attending Babson.
Robert Weissman is a co-founder of Cognizant Technology Solutions, an information-consulting company that has grown to 250,000 employees and sales of more than $14 billion. During the 1970s, he was a pioneer in the cable television transmission industry and later in the nascent computer-time-sharing industry. In 1980, he was named Executive Vice President of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, and, in 1984, he was named President and COO of the company. Ultimately, he spent 17 years with Dun & Bradstreet, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO in 1994.
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.