The University of California, Los Angeles has announced that its School of Public Health has received a gift valued at $50 million from faculty member Jonathan Fielding and his wife, Karin.
The gift, a commitment of assets associated with holdings in Dimensional Fund Advisors, will provide an income stream and additional earnings upon redemption or sale that will be used to support faculty, students, and educational infrastructure. The gift also will be used to endow a chair in population health and enable UCLA to regularly assess programs and ensure that School of Public Health students graduate with the tools and skills they need to be leaders in the field. In recognition of the largest gift in its history, the school will be renamed the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health.
The founding director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Fielding joined UCLA's faculty in 1979. "My experiences in UCLA classrooms and working with other faculty members, students, and alumni in public health practice made the UCLA School of Public Health an easy choice for our family's support," he said. "UCLA School of Public Health students enter the field with a passion and commitment to public health. As someone who has dedicated my career to service, I am inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of UCLA students, and I am delighted that our family can help them achieve their educational goals and make a palpable difference in the wider world."