The gift will establish the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts and support student and faculty research across the college, four endowed chairs, and programmatic enhancements in the Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema. Combined with a recent gift of $1.8 million to an athletics scholarship fund, the couple's $26.8 million commitment represents the largest gift in SFSU history.
George (BA, '65) and Judy Otten Marcus (BA, '62) grew up in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. George Marcus is the co-founder and chair of Marcus & Millichap Company, a trustee emeritus of the California State University board of trustees, and a current member of the CSU Foundation board of governors. Judy Marcus is a former board president of the Community Services Agency.
"We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses' generosity and ongoing service and commitment to San Francisco State University," said SFSU president Leslie E. Wong. "Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff, and programs, and this history-making gift will carry that legacy far into the future."
"San Francisco State helped define our future," said Judy Marcus, "and it is our hope that this gift will do the same for students and faculty in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts now and for many years to come."