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Groundbreaking Scheduled for the New McKinnon Center for Management-JAN 30

January 17, 2017

MCM RenderingGroundbreaking is scheduled for the New McKinnon Center for Management:  January 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

Acting Provost Craig White and Anderson Acting Dean Shawn Berman will welcome Ian McKinnon on Monday, January 30 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new McKinnon Center for Management.

Demolition of the west wing of the old Anderson School building is already underway to allow construction to begin on the new facility.  Ian McKinnon, and his wife, Sonnet, an alumna of UNM Anderson, are long-time supporters of UNM Anderson and the lead donors of the new Anderson building. Once completed, it will be a place where students will learn the skills they need to become the business leaders of the future.

Acting Provost White says the McKinnon's investment will have a significant impact on Anderson students for years to come.

"The construction of the McKinnon Center for Management is a major milestone in the history of the Anderson School,” says White. “It will provide Anderson students a facility enabling world-class management education. We are extremely grateful to the McKinnon family for their generosity and foresight."

"I'm especially excited for our students who will benefit from the new state-of-the-art building with larger classrooms and the most up–to–date IT services," says Acting Dean Berman. "It will be beneficial in helping us attract top quality faculty to Anderson, furthering the research and teaching mission of the school."

Ian & Sonnect McKinnonThe McKinnons both grew up in Albuquerque. Sonnet is an Anderson alumna who graduated with a BBA in finance in 1993.  Ian is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy and serves on its Board of Trustees.  He earned a BA from Occidental College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and was a finalist for both the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

The McKinnon's generous gift of $7.5 million is the largest single gift to UNM by living individuals. It was earmarked to benefit the Anderson School, WisePies Arena ("The Pit"), and the UNM Tennis Complex. The construction of the McKinnon Center for Management will complete the use of these funds for the long-term benefit of the university. The 18-month project is scheduled to be completed in May 2018. 

In 2010, with a prior gift, Ian and Sonnet created the endowed McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series at the Anderson School to show students what opportunities are possible in the business world. 

The MCM groundbreaking is open to the public.  The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. at the site of the old Anderson School building located at 1924 Las Lomas NE, 87106, and will be followed by a reception in the Jackson Student Center with light refreshments.  Hourly parking is available via credit/debit card at the structure located at Lomas and Yale on the north side of the UNM campus.  

The Anderson community can follow the construction process on the school’s website.  MCM updates will be posted weekly at


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.