Georgetown University has announced a $100 million gift from alumnus and former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank H. McCourt, Jr. ('75) to establish a school of public policy.
The largest gift in the university's history will be used to endow the McCourt School of Public Policy — the first new school at Georgetown in more than half a century. Leveraging Georgetown's location in the nation's capital and its relationships with global leaders, the school will contribute policy-based, data-driven research and solutions to urgent policy issues, with a focus on the evolving use of technology, and will incorporate the nationally ranked Georgetown Public Policy Institute into its operations.
In addition, the school will house the Massive Data Institute, which will harness the data that new advances in technology and communications have generated in the past decade to deepen public understanding across a wide range of public policy areas; a McCourt Fellows program; and a new Center for Politics and Policy that will work to facilitate dialogue in the Jesuit tradition. The new school also will offer five endowed positions — with more faculty positions anticipated — and additional support for stronger inter-institutional collaborations.
"Together, we recognize that there is a huge opportunity to serve the world in a new way, and we see how Georgetown can make a significant difference with this innovative new approach to public policy research and analysis," said Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia. "The increasing complexity of public policy issues, the need for more interdisciplinary approaches and the availability of massive data to provide new analytic tools have resulted in an invaluable opportunity for our university."
"There has never been a more urgent need for this work," said McCourt, the president of real estate development firm McCourt Global, who has served on both the university's board of directors and board of regents. "The issues facing global leaders are more acute, dynamic, and interrelated than ever before. We recognize an opportunity here to serve the world in a new way through an innovative approach to public policy research and analysis."