October 26, 2015

Gifts Roundup: Northwestern Gets $100 Million; Wellesley Lands 2 Gifts Totaling $50 Million

Jim Prisching

The $100-million gift from M.K. Pritzker and J.B. Pritzker (second from left and center) to Northwestern University's School of Law will support social justice-related centers; it will be renamed after the Pritzker family.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Northwestern University

Jay Robert and Mary Kathryn Pritzker gave $100 million to endow the School of Law and to support a number of social justice-related centers there, including the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on International Human Rights, the Environmental Law Center, and other programs.

The law school will be renamed for the Pritzker family.

The donation will also endow the law school’s Entrepreneurship Law Center, which will be renamed for Mr. Pritzker’s father, Donald, a founder of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and will support a Master of Science in Law program for professionals working in scientific, engineering, and medical fields.

Mr. Pritzker was one of the founders of the Pritzker Group, a venture-capital firm focused primarily on industrial and technology companies. He earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern’s law school in 1993.

College of William and Mary

An anonymous couple gave $50 million for the college’s business and law schools. Of the total, the donors directed $22 million apiece to the Willam and Mary Law School and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business for scholarships, teaching awards, and a conference.

Wellesley College

Two anonymous donors gave a total of $50 million to establish a new career program for women called, the College to Career Initiative. The money will go toward constructing a new space for the college's career services, hiring a new director and other staff, and broadening students’ exposure to possible career paths.

University of Cambridge

The economist Mohamed El-Erian and his wife, Jamie Walters, a lawyer, have given the university’s Queens College and Faculty of Economics $25 million. Mr. El-Erian is chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council and chief economic adviser at Allianz, a financial-services company.

The money will pay for scholarships, research, and a professorship, and will help establish the El-Erian Institute for Human Behaviour and Economic Policy.

Mr. El-Erian earned an economics degree from Queens College in 1980 and serves as co-chairman of the university’s capital campaign.

Before joining Allianz, he led Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard University’s endowment, and was chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Company.

University of Kentucky

Thomas Lewis, who founded the construction business T.W. Lewis Company, and his wife, Jan, gave $23 million to create an honors college at the university. Mr. Lewis earned an engineering degree from the university in 1971.

Duke University

Robert Margolis, a retired managing partner of the medical group HealthCare Partners, and his wife Lisa, gave $16.5 million through their family foundation to start a new health-policy center.

Dr. Margolis graduated from the university’s School of Medicine in 1971. He founded HealthCare Partners’ predecessor, California Primary Physicians Medical Group.

Lynn University

Christine Lynn, a former nurse and head of the Lynn Insurance Group, pledged $15 million to the university for a new campus center.

Ms. Lynn, who serves on the university’s Board of Trustees, has stipulated that the institution must raise additional $15 million from other donors to receive all of the money.

Formerly the College of Boca Raton, the university was named for the donor and her late husband, Eugene, in 1991 after they gave several large gifts. Mr. Lynn, who founded the Lynn Insurance Group, died in 1999.

Choate Rosemary Hall

William Little, a businessman and investor in Michigan, and his wife, Frances, gave $10 million to renovate the main theater in the private school’s Paul Mellon Arts Center and to upgrade the space for the benefit of disabled and hearing-impaired visitors.

Mr. Little graduated from the school in 1949, and the couple have a grandchild who is now a student there.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ken and Cheryl Williams pledged a $10-million gift to the university’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to support cancer research.

Mr. Williams is a retired senior vice president of Quintiles, a contract research company. He received his master’s degree from the university’s public-health school, now the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in 1970 and his doctorate in 1976.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Jane Kitselman left an unrestricted gift of $4 million to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Kitselman, a cellist and sculpture, was a longtime supporter of the group. She died in March at the age of 87.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

Megan O'Neil contributed to this article.

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