Jonathan L. Snyder Society
Jonathan L. Snyder Society recognizes the generosity of donors who make a commitment between $100,000 and $249,999 to MSU or a documented planned gift of at least $200,000. In addition, Snyder Society donors are permanently enshrined in the pillars of Benefactors Plaza.
Snyder served in the role of MSU president from 1896 to 1915 and is credited with many innovations in higher education. He was the first MSU president to actively market the University to prospective students by distributing brochures and programs through the mail and inviting students for campus visits. During his tenure, the student body increased four-fold, and the faculty increased five-fold.
The curriculum for women was strengthened greatly, and MSU put its first football squad through a season of organized games while Snyder was president. He is said to have transformed the office of the president with an aggressive administrative style that focused on innovation.
Donors contributing at the Snyder Society level are continually helping MSU maintain this level of innovation. As a result, the University values the relationship it has with every major donor. To strengthen a mutual commitment to improvement, Snyder level contributors are invited to the largest and most significant events held for donors in addition to smaller, more personalized gatherings that allow for closer contact with MSU leadership, faculty, and students. Mailings throughout the year will keep Snyder level donors informed of campus activities and provide additional opportunities to be a part of campus life.
In addition to receiving permanent recognition in Benefactors Plaza, it is MSU's privilege to provide each Snyder Society level donor with a distinctive and personalized memento, recognition in an issue of the MSU Alumni Magazine, complimentary quarterly issues of the MSU Alumni Magazine if not received through membership in the MSU Alumni Association, and the donor-focused magazine Developments. Donors may also be recognized by college or unit-based programs to which they contribute.
For more information on the Jonathan L. Snyder Society membership, please call University Development at (517) 884-1000 and ask to speak to a special gifts officer.