The gift will support the institute's research and education activities on human sexuality, including an expansion of scientific research projects, pilot studies in emerging fields of sexological research, and partnerships with IU schools and departments. The gift, a portion of which will be matched, will count toward the university's $3 billion capital campaign.
Schurz, chairman emeritus of Hoosier-Times, Inc., formerly a subsidiary of Schurz Communications, has served as publisher and editor-in-chief of the Bloomington Herald-Times, the Bedford Times-Mail, the Martinsville Reporter, the Mooresville Times, and the Beach Grove Southside Times. "The Kinsey Institute is one of IU's precious gems, and one that deserves our admiration and support,” Schurz said. "I want to make sure the institute maintains its prominence at IU and globally, and I hope this gift will provide the research team with the additional resources needed to tackle some of the most interesting and complex issues surrounding human sexuality today."
"Scott's generous gift and continued support over the past decades have helped the Kinsey Institute stay at the forefront of sexuality research," said Justin Garcia, IU Bicentennial Professor and the institute's acting executive director. "This is an exciting time for our expanding interdisciplinary research and education programs, and we intend to put this gift to good use immediately."