The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $30 million gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation in support of building renovations and an endowment for the psychology department.
The second largest gift in the history of UCLA College's Life Sciences division, which is home to the psychology department, will support renovations to the renamed Pritzker Hall, a tower designed by Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams that was completed in 1967. Seismic upgrades on the building began in 2018, and a full renovation is expected to be completed this year. The gift also includes $10 million to establish the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Endowment for Excellence, which will fund ongoing infrastructure needs at the university and provide support for students and faculty.
Longtime supporters of UCLA, the Pritzkers have contributed nearly $100 million through their foundation to the school, including $15 million to the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in 2013. Tony Pritzker served as co-chair of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, which exceeded its $4.2 billion fundraising goal eighteen months ahead of schedule.
"We are immensely grateful to Tony and Jeanne Pritzker for taking the lead in investing in a new era for UCLA Psychology," said dean of life sciences Victoria Sork. "I am especially heartened by this gift, because the values the Pritzkers espouse align with our own values of service and investment in our communities. Their generous gift will help us transform Pritzker Hall into a space for breakthroughs — a collaborative, modern teaching and research space befitting one of the top psychology departments in the United States."