The University of Notre Dame has announced gifts totaling $35 million from alumnus Richard Corbett to underwrite construction of a 280,000-square-foot academic building and endow the head football coaching position.
A gift of $25 million will support construction of Corbett Family Hall, which, when completed, will house the departments of anthropology and psychology. The building will be constructed on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium and will also house a digital media center that supports faith-based, academic, performance, and athletics programming; a main studio with attached audio/video control rooms; a suite of editing rooms and mixing studios; and space for offices.
The remaining $10 million will endow the head coaching position. It is the third head coaching position at the university to be endowed, following the head women's basketball and men's lacrosse positions.
Currently the president and CEO of Concorde Companies, a Tampa-based real estate investment firm, Corbett worked on John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1960 and then in the White House. He later earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University and went on to serve as a financial manager for the Kennedy family in New York and was business manager of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. In 2012, he served on the national finance committee for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
"My father, brother, and I have proudly and boldly worn our blue and gold in all that we have done," Corbett said. "We have sought to support the tradition of excellence in academic, athletic, personal and professional performance. We are very pleased to help further build Notre Dame's commitment to the dynamic blend of academic and athletic enrichment that continues to be a beacon of this nation’s values and sustainability."