Established in 1999, the center has long been part of the university's efforts to share the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, both on campus and in the wider public square. The gift from the de Nicolas will make it possible for the center to expand its work in forming and mentoring Notre Dame students, engage in interdisciplinary programming and research, and promote a culture of life worldwide through teaching, exchange, and service. In recognition of the gift, the center will be renamed the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.
The parents of two recent Notre Dame alumni, Tony and Christie de Nicola are longtime supporters of the university. Tony de Nicola, president and managing partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York City-based private investment firm, is a graduate of DePauw University, where he earned a degree in economics and computational mathematics and was a three-year starter as quarterback for the university's football team, earning Academic All-America honors. Upon graduation, he worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs before earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. De Nicola has served or serves on a number of boards, including the Partnership for New York City, the Toigo Foundation, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund for the Archdiocese of New York, the New York Catholic Foundation, and DePauw. Christie de Nicola is a graduate of Ferris State University and has served on the boards of the St. Elizabeth Home School Association and Don Bosco Preparatory High School.
"Tony and Christie have been instrumental in supporting the center throughout my tenure as director; their vision, commitment, and generosity are the sine qua non of the center's growth and success," said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. "The staff and fellows of the de Nicola Center are honored and humbled by their gift and are excited to continue our work in service to Our Lady's University and its distinctive mission as the world's preeminent Catholic university."