George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, has announced a $10 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Dwight C. Schar for its School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs.
The largest gift in the university's history will support and expand programming at the school, which serves as a hub of national and regional research and houses influential centers in the areas of regional economics, global terrorism, transportation, and public-private partnerships. In recognition of gift, as well as earlier contributions from Schar and his wife, Martha, the school will be renamed as the Schar School of Policy and Government.
The Schars are longtime supporters of the university. In 2002, they established an endowed chair for the school that bears their name and have provided significant support for its Center for Regional Analysis. Dwight Schar, the founder of residential homebuilding company NVR, Inc., served on the George Mason University Foundation board of trustees from 1986 through 1998 and received the George Mason Medal, the university's highest honor, in 2003.
"I am grateful to Dwight for his support over the years," said GMU president Ángel Cabrera. "Dwight is a visionary builder and philanthropist who has already made a lasting name by improving the quality of life across the northern Virginia region through his business and his philanthropy."