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Family gives $10 million more to Harvard

The family of the late William F. Connell has donated an additional $10 million to Harvard Business School to establish the Margot and William F. Connell Family MBA Program Innovation Fund.

The donation “provides us with the financial support we need to enhance our second-year curriculum and make it a deeper, more cohesive, and more innovative experience that will have a life-long impact on our students,” Business School dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement.

Connell, who received an MBA in 1963, was founding chairman of Boston-based Connell Limited Partnership, a group of manufacturing companies in the auto, energy, mining, construction, and agricultural sectors.


The son of a bus driver who grew up in Lynn, he died in 2001 at 63.

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A 2003 gift from the family helped launch the school’s Leadership Initiative, “which has helped our faculty undertake research and course development in this field, which is at the center of all we do at HBS,” Nohria said.

According to the a press release, the faculty is “designing a new approach to the second-year curriculum.”

Chris Reidy