The largest single gift ever made to the La Follette School will create the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, an initiative aimed at providing evidence-based information that can informs responses to difficult public policy and governance issues. The awards will fund a range of activities, including the hiring of student assistants, the collection and analysis of data, and dissemination of results.
Kohl, a UW–Madison alumnus and a former U.S. senator, previously made a $25 million lead gift for the Kohl Center on campus. Before entering politics, he helped run the Kohl's Corporation of retail stores, which his father established.
"The La Follette School is a critical academic unit at UW–Madison, especially in an atmosphere of heightened partisanship and polarization," said Kohl, who serves on the school's board. "By funding applied research, this gift also is meant to help the La Follette School attract and retain the best and brightest faculty members in our state."