The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a gift of more than $21 million from the Curtis Foundation in support of its schools of journalism and medicine as well as its athletics department.
The commitment from alumnus Don Curtis ('63) and his wife, Barbara, includes $10 million in support of the UNC School of Media and Journalism — the largest gift ever to the school — $8 million of which will be used to build a media center that brings together students and faculty in a collaborative environment around emerging technologies and challenges them to learn and practice their craft while working in teams. The remaining $2 million will boost the Don and Barbara Curtis Excellence Fund for Extracurricular Activities and establish a new fund that supports programs in the school of journalism.
Another $3 million will support the efforts of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians through patient care, education, and research. In addition, the UNC Athletics department will receive $3 million in support of initiatives to be determined at a later date. The remaining $5.275 million will support future initiatives at the university.
"These gifts are as much for the state of North Carolina as for the university," said Don Curtis, chair and CEO of the Curtis Media Group and a former member of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees. "For all my life, the University of North Carolina has been the primary driver of progress and change. As a result, North Carolina can hold its head high as a national leader. I can think of no better investment than in medical research and the media to ensure that this progress continues and to see that North Carolina can provide the proper leadership for the future."