Tisch family members continue tradition of support


Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch of New York have made a $5 million gift to the University of Michigan, continuing a long relationship and history of support begun by Jonathan Tisch’s parents.

The late Preston Robert Tisch met his future wife, Joan, on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library when they were undergraduates. Both graduated from U-M in 1948. Their daughter, Laurie, graduated in 1973 from the School of Education. Over the years Joan and Bob Tisch distinguished themselves as philanthropists at U-M by the breadth and extent of their support. 

They were the first family to have their names on academic as well as athletic buildings, as well as on a fine arts gallery – Tisch Hall and the Preston Robert Tisch Building, and the Joan and Bob Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

They endowed the Preston R. Tisch Professorship of Judaic Studies in LSA, where they also created a family scholarship. More recently the family funded the Joan and Bob Tisch Tower at Michigan Stadium.

Joan and Bob Tisch’s son, Jonathan, and his wife, Lizzie, who graduated from U-M in 1994, have made a gift of $5 million to support students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and LSA.

Of that gift, $3 million will establish the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Scholarship Fund for students in SMTD, with a preference for students studying musical theatre. The remaining $2 million will establish the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Internship Fund in LSA.

In making the gift, Lizzie Tisch said, “Jon and I are so pleased to be able to support the Victors for Michigan campaign by offering opportunities for scholarships and internships for the talented students in the school of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. We know that their education at the University of Michigan will help them prepare for a fulfilling and promising life upon graduation.”

Their gift supports the Victors for Michigan campaign, which is seeking to raise $4 billion through its three priorities: student support, engaged learning (internships, global travel, out of classroom experiences), and bold ideas.



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