Chicago Tribune: U. of C. Gets $100 Million Donation to Study Global Conflict

The University of Chicago has received a $100 million gift to open a global institute using data-based research to address violent conflicts in countries that have become breeding grounds for terrorist groups, officials announced Wednesday.

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts will be part of the university's Harris School of Public Policy and will include the Pearson Global Forum, an annual gathering of international policymakers who will exchange ideas and work on solutions.

The institute, slated to open in fall 2016, will be funded through a donation from The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on global issues. The $100 million gift is tied for the second-largest donation in university history, officials said.

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Chicago Tribune: U. of C.'s Public Policy School Gets New Building, New Direction

The University of Chicago announced Wednesday afternoon that its public policy school — the institution's youngest and one of its less prominent professional schools — will be moving to a larger location, part of an effort to expand its mission.

Two major donations, totaling $32.5 million, will go toward the Harris School of Public Policy's move to the new space. A $20-million gift, the largest in school history, is from Dennis Keller, a university trustee and co-founder of the DeVry Education Group. The school's new building, a renovation of what was once a residence hall at 1307 E. 60th St., will be named the Keller Center.

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Crain's Chicago Business: $37.5 Million to U of C from Dennis Keller, King Harris

Dennis Keller, retired chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group Inc., and King Harris,chairman of Harris Holdings Inc. and board chairman of AptarGroup Inc., have donated a combined $32.5 million to support the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Keller has donated $20 million to the Harris School, marking the largest gift in the school's history, and another $5 million to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His current contribution builds upon his previous $25 million donation to the university in 2000, when he co-chaired a fundraising campaign for Chicago Booth. He has served on the university's board of trustees since 1998.

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