The University of Notre Dame has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus John Baumer and his wife, Mollie, for construction of a men's residence hall.
To be called Baumer Hall when it opens in August, the four-story, 78,000-square-foot building will house two hundred and fifty-one men on the south side of campus and will feature a two-story lounge, a reading room and community kitchen, a chapel, a laundry room and vending area, storage space, and an exercise room.
Baumer earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Notre Dame — where his father, Fred Baumer, was employed as comptroller for twenty-one years — before earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Currently a senior partner at private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners and a member of Notre Dame's Campaign Cabinet and Wall Street Committee, Baumer made a gift in 2015 to endow the men's lacrosse head coaching position. The Baumers also are members of the university's President's Circle.
"This university has been part of our family story for three generations," said Baumer. "The residence hall experience I had at Notre Dame was the backdrop for the best and most lasting friendships and memories I have made. Sharing every aspect of life with your residence hall community creates a foundation of friendship and support you will build on for the rest of your life. I am deeply grateful for my time in Zahm Hall, and we as a family are delighted that we have the opportunity, through Baumer Hall, to ensure this tradition remains strong and meaningful for future generations."