The University of Notre Dame has announced a $30 million gift from Donald and Marilyn Keough for construction of a new building to house its international institutes.
To be named in honor of university president Rev. John I. Jenkins, the building will house the university's Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and will provide additional space for the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The structure will be conjoined to Nanovic Hall, a yet-to-be-built facility that will house the university's departments of economics, political science, and sociology, as well as the Nanovic Institute for European Studies — and for which a gift from Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic recently was announced. Construction on the 170,000-square-foot complex is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed by the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
Donald Keough, board chair of investment banking firm Allen & Company, Inc. and a former president and COO of the Coca-Cola Company, has served on Notre Dame's board since 1978, serving as chair from 1986 to 1991. The Keoughs' previous contributions to the university include funding for the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; two endowed chairs in Irish studies; Malloy Hall, which houses the departments of theology and philosophy; three library collections; and the Keough-Hesburgh Professorships.
"Don and Mickie have often said that any great university in the twenty-first century must be a global university," said provost Thomas G. Burish. "This gift will enable Notre Dame, in multiple ways, to become even more global than it currently is, including bringing together the key international institutes and related programs in a state-of-the-art facility that will promote collaboration and allow growth. Once again, the Keoughs will help transform Notre Dame."