Georgetown Receives $10 Million for Public Leadership Institute

Georgetown Receives $10 Million for Public Leadership Institute

Georgetown University has announced a $10 million gift from Bruce (L'80) and Ann Blume (Parents '08, '20) to establish a public leadership institute.

The largest one-time commitment in the history of Georgetown Law will establish the Blume Public Leadership Institute at Georgetown University Law Center and provide full-tuition scholarships to students who exhibit exceptional promise as future public leaders. Blume Scholars will engage in traditional and experiential legal studies while training for lives of service as public officials, policy makers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.

A 1980 graduate of Georgetown Law, Bruce Blume serves on the law school's board of visitors and the Georgetown University board of directors. He is founder and chair of Blume Company Real Estate, a development firm that has helped transform Seattle's skyline, and previously worked as an attorney, clerked for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Walter T. McGovern, and served as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA). He also serves on the boards of the Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington Foundation. Ann Blume is a graduate of Cornell University, a former staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) and U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA). She serves on Seattle University's board of trustees and College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, as well as on the Cornell University College of Human Ecology Advisory Council. Together, the couple founded the Bruce and Ann Blume Fund, which supports public health, educational, and environmental endeavors.

"Ann and Bruce's extraordinary vision and transformational generosity are truly inspiring," said Georgetown Law dean William M. Treanor. "By enabling Georgetown to attract and educate the next generation of public interest leaders, the Blume Institute aligns perfectly with our Jesuit tradition of service."