University of Denver Receives $17 Million Gift

The University of Denver has announced a $17 million gift from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation toward construction of a new building for the university's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

The planned 43,000-square-foot structure will adjoin the school's existing Cherrington Hall and the Sié Chéou-Kang Center to form the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex. Scheduled to be completed in December 2015, the new building will house state-of-the-art presentation facilities where the Korbel School will welcome dignitaries from around the world. In addition to the added physical space, the new facility will enable the school to enhance the use of technology across its graduate and undergraduate programs.

John J. Sie is the founder and former chairman of Starz Entertainment Group, LLC and a former member of the University of Denver's board of trustees. A previous $5 million gift from the Sie Foundation established the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy in honor of Sie's father, a distinguished Chinese diplomat.

"The entire Josef Korbel School community is thrilled and humbled by the Sie family's ongoing commitment to our students and the future of the Korbel School," said Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Korbel School and a former ambassador to Macedonia, Poland, and the Republic of Korea. "With their support, we will continue our ascent as a leading school of international affairs and as the epicenter for international studies in the Western U.S."