Carnegie Mellon Receives Gifts Totaling $17 Million

Carnegie Mellon Receives Gifts Totaling $17 Million

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has announced gifts totaling $17 million in support of fellowship and scholarship programs as well as a new campus quadrangle.

Gifts from CMU trustee James E. Rohr and his wife, Sharon, and media company Legendary Entertainment, whose founder and chairman, Thomas Tull, is a CMU trustee, will support the David A. Tepper Quad, a 4.5-acre site designed to connect research, curricula, and initiatives across the university. The centerpiece of CMU’s new north campus, future home of the Tepper School of Business, the quad was made possible by a lead gift of $67 million from the charitable foundation of CMU alumnus and investor David Tepper.

In addition, a gift from alumnus Wallace Sadauskas and the estate of his late partner, Patricia Chotiner Traylor, will support CMU's Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships initiative, an effort to attract the best and the brightest undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to the university and retain top-tier faculty.

CMU board chairman-elect Rohr, the retired executive chair and former CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group, has provided generous support to several civic, cultural, and educational institutions in Pittsburgh. Sadauskas earned a bachelor's degree in print management from what is now CMU in 1943 and an MBA from New York University in 1956. He worked for Union Carbide for thirty-seven years, beginning his career as a marketing development manager and retiring as manager of print and literature distribution.

"The university is committed to attracting and supporting outstanding students from around the world, and offering them an innovative education that takes advantage of CMU's path-breaking research and practice across disciplines," said CMU president Subra Suresh. "These gifts help fulfill this fundamental vision."