About the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing
Announcing the new Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center, Martha Van Gelder -
A resource and a proving ground:
Through its connections with top retailers and consulting firms, the Center offers students the chance to intern with companies that are changing the face of the retail industry. Regular classroom speakers expose students to stories about life in the retailing trenches and examples of how businesses solve problems. Industry tours give a close-up look at retail formats in a particular city. Research and career exploration can be expanded through the Center's educational resource center. To honor its commitment to industry, the Center publishes regular reports on current research and activities of participating companies, faculty, and students. It holds an annual conference on trends in the global retail marketplace as a professional development opportunity for industry personnel and academicians. For the community and Arizona youth, the Center offers programs on selling, the business of retailing, and retailing careers.
Read about the history of the Center.
Through a strong partnership with business and industry, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing seeks to create the foremost, globally recognized center for the study of retailing and consumer sciences that provides education, research and outreach benefiting students, faculty, industry and consumers.
Through collaborative efforts with the retail and retail-support businesses, the mission is to educate and develop students as leaders of retail and other consumer-oriented businesses, to conduct cutting edge scholarly research on important issues facing the industry and to deliver outreach activities that provide economic and social benefits to U.S. and global consumers.
About Terry J. Lundgren
What might have been something ordinary – the inviting of a successful alum to return to his alma mater – turned out to be a moment of something extraordinary – one that has taken Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macys Inc, and the UA’s Retail Center on a transforming journey. In 2005, faculty in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences chose to honor this retailing executive by naming their top-flight retailing center the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. Terry, an UA alumnus, came to campus in 1995 to speak to the students, with an inspiring presentation, “From Campus to CEO”, which drew hundreds of students. Since then, Terry and Macy’s Inc. (formally Federated) have been outstanding partners; Terry has personally established scholarships, many students have benefited from his generosity, and Macy’s supported the creation of a career service center in the new Student Union.
Since 1995, Terry has been invited here to receive an honorary doctoral degree and to serve as a commencement speaker, and more recently, to receive the UA’s oldest and most prestigious alumni award, again at the May commencement. Most recently, Terry made a substantial financial gift in support of the Norton School building campaign. Through his generous gift, not only has he helped to keep our academic standards high, but also, by example, he has encouraged others to help preserve America’s tradition of private support for higher education. The naming of the Center is more than a namesake; it symbolizes the unifying of this exemplary individual with this special program because both share the same goal – to accomplish something extraordinary with respect to educating our future students for the retail industry. For the University of Arizona, to name the center in honor of Terry Lundgren is to celebrate the life and contributions of his leadership and a legacy that will be passed on in perpetuity to future generations.
The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences , in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona , and gratefully acknowledges the hosting of this website by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.