Made as part of the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, the gift will support the complete renovation of the building into a state-of-the-art facility, including upgrades to address its technology needs and facilitate collaboration. Designed and built in 1926 by Parkinson Field Associates, the building was home to the USC schools of law and later social work, before being rehabilitated for the accounting school in 1982. In recognition of the gift, the building will be renamed Harlan A. Helvey Hall.
A lifelong resident of Manhattan Beach, Helvey earned a B.S. in accounting from USC in 1964 and an MBA with a focus on accounting from what is now the USC Marshall School of Business in 1971, before becomin a certified public accountant and real estate investor.
"Harlan's extraordinary generosity dramatically expands the opportunities we can offer our students, faculty, and wider community," said James G. Ellis, dean of the business school, which includes the accounting school. "His vision will have a positive impact on business and accounting leaders for generations to come."