Chapman University in Orange, California, has announced a $55 million endowment gift from real estate developer Dale Fowler and his wife, Sarah Ann, to its law school, which will be renamed the Dale E. Fowler School of Law.
The gift, believed to be the second largest ever made to a law school in the United States, will enable the school to hire additional faculty and make tuition more affordable for more students. A Chapman alumnus, Fowler began his real estate career while finishing his college studies and built a successful business in industrial property development.
"It has been very gratifying to come to know Dale and Ann Fowler," said Chapman University president James L. Doti. "As I reflect on their business successes and even more their transformative philanthropic contributions not only to Chapman but to higher education, I am even more proud that the Fowler name will forever be connected with our law school. They both represent the ideals of Chapman's guiding spirit, Albert Schweitzer, as embodied in his quote: 'Search and see whether there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.'"