Michael R. Quinlan
Michael Quinlan
Michael Quinlan served a director of McDonald's Corporation, from 1979 until his retirement in 2002, as well as CEO from 1987-1998.
Vital Information
Nationality American
Born: (1944-12-09) December 9, 1944 (age 72)
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma Mater: Loyola University Chicago
Career information
Accountant, Business executive, President, Philanthropist, CEO McDonald's Corporation, 1987-1998, Director for McDonald's, 1979-2002

Michael Robert Quinlan (born December 9, 1944)[1] is a graduate, and currently the chairman, of Loyola University Chicago, where he was initiated into the Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity.[2] Quinlan served as a director of McDonald's Corporation, from 1979 until his retirement in 2002. He was the chairman of the board of directors of McDonald's from March 1990 to May 1999 and chief executive officer from March 1987 through July 1998.

Quinlan and his wife, Marilyn, donated approximately one-third of the $40 million raised to construct the new Life Sciences Building at Loyola, completed in 2004. The building was dedicated as the Michael R. and Marilyn C. Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center on December 3, 2004.[3]

On June 2, 2012, during Loyola's annual Founder's Dinner, it was announced that Quinlan was donating $40 million to Loyola. The donation will help grow the business school’s endowment to attract top faculty, support students, and create cutting‐edge programs to meet market demands. Loyola will also be renaming its School of Business Administration and the affiliated Graduate School of Business to the Michael R. Quinlan School of Business.[4][5]


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  2. "The Famous AlphaDelts". 
  4. [ Loyal to Loyola: Former McDonald's CEO gives $40 million to university's business school, Chicago Tribune, June 3, 2012, accessed August 12, 2014.
  5. [ Loyola alum, former McDonald’s CEO gives school $40M gift, Chicago Sun-Times, accessed August 12, 2014.

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