University of Arizona Receives $12 Million for Pharmaceutical Center

The University of Arizona has announced commitments totaling more than $12 million in support of the expansion and renovation of the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center on its Tucson campus.

Awarded as part of the $31.5 million Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center Challenge, the commitments include a $10 million challenge grant from the ALSAM Foundation to the UA College of Pharmacy — the largest commitment in the history of the college — that requires the university to raise an additional $9.5 million. In conjunction with the announcement, alumnus R. Ken Coit ('67) and his wife, Donna, and alumnus Rick Katz ('70) pledged gifts totaling $2 million toward the challenge.

Part of the UA Health Sciences division, the Skaggs Center was built thirty-five years ago with support from Utah businessman L.S. "Sam" Skaggs. When completed in 2020, the 31,500-square-foot facility will include additional space for work in the areas of drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology, as well as teaching and research.

"I am very grateful for the ALSAM Foundation's transformational pledge, and I am certain that the UA community can help realize its potential," said UA president Ann Weaver Hart. "This campaign is critical to the continued success of the College of Pharmacy, which is a crucial site of impact for the university....These commitments place us two-thirds of the way to transforming drug discovery and the future of pharmacy education at the UA, and I am excited to see the outcome of the campaign and the work it enables."