Connor family pledges $1 million to support social impact initiatives

Chris and Sarah Connor

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is proud to announce a $1 million commitment from Chris and Sara Connor to establish the Connor Family Endowed Scholars Fund. The endowment will provide scholarships to undergraduate students at Fisher to support critical, action-based learning experiences around the world, with an emphasis on social impact.

The gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the university’s Joseph A. Alutto Global Leadership Initiative, providing $2 million in total scholarship support.

“Fisher College of Business is extremely grateful to count Chris, Sara and their children among our college’s most valuable supporters,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “Chris and Sara’s passion for social causes in Ohio, around the country and throughout the world is a source of inspiration for the Fisher community.

"Their generous gift, coupled with the support of the Joseph A. Alutto Global Leadership Initiative, will connect our students to critical social challenges in untapped and underexplored markets across the globe while demonstrating the transformative power of business.

The first class of Connor Family Scholars will participate in the Honduras Sustainable Housing Project, a multi-year, interdisciplinary program at Ohio State that seeks to improve the design of sustainable housing for the rural poor in Central America. Traveling abroad in May, students will work with a local family to secure financing for the home, establish a seed fund for the construction of future homes, and create a business plan that will equip a local business to respond to the need for homes in the area.

“Sara and I are committed to bringing about positive social change in areas of the world that most need it,” Chris Connor said. “We are excited to partner with the talented students at Fisher College of Business who recognize this need and who are dedicated to making a difference. We look forward to seeing the positive impacts these scholars will have in communities around the world for years to come.

Chris Connor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, a $10 billion global leader in the paint and coatings industry headquartered in Cleveland. He is a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of Fisher’s Dean’s Advisory Council. He and his wife Sara, a 1980 graduate, have three adult children—all graduates of Ohio State.