Donor Spotlight: Joseph and Linda Gingo
The University of Akron deeply appreciates of the generosity of benefactors Joseph M. and Linda Gingo, long-time advocates who have established The Joseph M. and Linda L. Gingo School of Law Dean’s Chair Endowment.
Their historic contribution, made through a bequest estate gift commitment, provides the first dean’s chair endowment in University of Akron history. It profoundly raises the School of Law’s stature as a national leader and further strengthens the institution’s academic engine.
Endowed chairs attract brilliant, creative minds that discover and examine bold ideas across a variety of disciplines. The endowment increases the law school’s ability to recruit elite leaders to the role of dean well into the future. It also allows the reallocation of funds to support current and new programming, and the expansion of faculty and staff.
Joseph Gingo, chairman of The University of Akron Board of Trustees, and his wife, Linda, treasure their distinguished relationship with UA. Joseph earned his law degree from UA in 1971 and credits his law degree as his most valued educational accomplishment.
Gingo said this gift was a show of appreciation for what the institution had given him.
“Through this gift, hopefully we can touch a future generation of excellence. Linda and I are thrilled to play a part in the burgeoning success story of Akron Law,” said Gingo, who joined Board of Trustees in 2016 and has served as chairman since 2018.
“This tremendous gift by Joe and Linda is a redefining moment for the School of Law,” said President Gary L. Miller. “The long-lasting effect will continue attracting top-flight faculty and students whose preparation readies them for both new and continuing issues surrounding legal education and leadership.”
The Gingo gift commitment is part of UA’s $150 million We Rise Together capital campaign. This forward-looking initiative was launched in 2020 and raises funds supporting the institution in the key areas of scholarship, student support, endowments for faculty and leadership, and support for faculty research and equipment.