The commitment from Dalton and his family, including two sons who graduated with degrees from Vanderbilt, will support the school's Law and Business Program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management, accounting, and finance. The program offers a certificate to upper-level law students who complete an interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as joint degree programs that enable students to earn a master of science in finance and a law degree in three years, or a joint JD/MBA degree in four years.
The gift includes a bequest that will endow the program in perpetuity and also continues the Daltons' leadership support for the school's Annual Fund. Dalton, who joined the law school board in 2002 and served as its chair from 2011 to 2017, has previously supported residential colleges, capital projects, and other initiatives at the university.
"Vanderbilt changed the course of my life in some very meaningful ways," said Dalton, who credits his experience as a Patrick Wilson Scholar for inspiring him to give back to the university. "The mentoring from the faculty and deans, as well as those involved in the Patrick Wilson Scholars program...the great friendships I made at the law school that have continued for life; the challenges of the Socratic method that taught me to think and be articulate on my feet; and the course offerings outside the narrow boundaries of the law that expanded my horizons — all have resonated through my professional, business, and personal life."