Category Archives: Strategic Objectives

David House—Leading Tech’s Strategic Initiatives

David House
David House
Saratoga, California

Gift Designation
Endowed Professorships
Other Strategic Objectives

Type of Gift
Cash Gifts/Pledge

David House made a $10-million pledge to Michigan Tech’s national campaign. With most of the contribution to come during his lifetime, including two endowed professorships established recently, it is the largest outright gift ever received by Michigan Tech.

David is the volunteer chair of the University’s national fundraising campaign. His giving will support Michigan Tech’s strategic objective of becoming a world-class public research university. He said, “Increasing complexity in every field has driven the need for more advanced degrees, and Michigan Tech must meet that need. A well executed strategic plan will attract and retain the best faculty needed to propel Michigan Tech nationally into the top quadrant and better prepare tomorrow’s students for tomorrow’s world.”

David earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 1965 and was a longtime Intel executive. He currently is chairman of Brocade Communication Systems of San Jose, California.

For more information on the wide range of options to support Michigan Tech, contact the Office of Gift Planning.


You Did It!

“Nobody I spoke with said no, I don’t want to help,” he said. “I was so proud of my fellow alumni and the way they stepped up to the plate to support their university.”

Celebrating the close of the Generations of Discovery campaign with former Intel executive and campaign chair Dave House ’65. Read more >>


Mission: Improbable

Three of the principals for the Generations of Discovery campaign
“Through this campaign, so many people have come to see Michigan Tech as a place of consequence,” says Vice President for Advancement Shea McGrew, left, during a conversation with Tech Fund Chair George Butvilas, center, and President Glenn Mroz.

There were some arched eyebrows when Michigan Tech announced the goal for Generations of Discovery: The Campaign for Michigan Tech, back in 2006.

We asked three of the principals what it was like trying to raise $200 million. President Glenn Mroz, Vice President for Advancement Shea McGrew, and George Butvilas, who chairs the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Trustees, agreed to talk with us. Read the interview.