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The Jo Young Switzer Fund
“Manchester is the perfect place to ask hard questions
and grapple with complicated issues.
It's the place to develop both ability and conviction.”
~ President Jo Young ’69 Switzer ~


As the first female president of Manchester, Jo Young Switzer serves the University with ability and conviction. Her distinguished career at Manchester – from student to the University's 14th chief executive, sets a standard for excellence. Highly regarded for her personal warmth, sound judgment and exemplary character, President Switzer is a positive example for every student. To honor her contributions to higher education, the Jo Young Switzer Fund creates opportunities for growth within the Manchester University community.

The Jo Young Switzer Fund honors Manchester's president and her commitment to the University in time, talent and treasure. It supports a number of her specific interests:

  • Support for faculty members
  • Diverse ways to encourage students and their learning
  • Enhancement of our understanding of women in higher education
  • Beauty on campus

Each year, President Switzer will decide how the money in this discretionary fund will be used. At her retirement, the fund will be exhausted at her direction.

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