DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton announced its largest single gift in university history Friday.
The Chicago-based George and Amanda Hanley Foundation are making a $12.5 million gift to recreate the Hanley Sustainability Institute.
The institute will prepare students in all fields including the traditional environmental sciences, but also business, social services, humanities, education, law and human rights.
“At many universities, sustainability education is focused solely on the environmental sciences,” said President Daniel J. Curran. “This gift will extend sustainability education across multiple disciplines, creating innovative learning opportunities for undergraduates and graduates, enhancing faculty and student research while expanding community and corporate partnerships and experiential education.”
It will fund new research, courses, community partnerships and new faculty.
A new graduate certificate will be established in the next two years.
George Hanley is a 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton. Amanda Hanley is an advocate of environmental protection.
Hanley says UD has been a leader and that Miami Valley as whole deserves this opportunity.
“This area is starting to rebound and I think the hospital, the air force base and the university is a big driver of that and that had a lot to do with us deciding that this investment really in the university should come into this area in the country,” he explained.
The previous largest gift to the university was $10-million for scholarships in 2008 from an anonymous donor.
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