Law school receives $55 million donation from private citizens
August 16, 2013
When alumni graduate having had positive experiences at their alma maters and make it big in the real world, many decide to give back to the institution in some way. Depending on that individual's success, the generosity may be extremely significant.
This was the case recently in Orange, Calif., where Chapman University's law school received a $55 million donation from alumnus Dale Fowler and his wife Sarah Ann. In honor of the couple's generous gift, the school is being named the Dale E. Fowler School of Law.
This is the second largest donation ever made to any United States law school. The couple was interested in making the donation because it's where Dale learned the skills he needed to start his own industrial property development business, and also where two of the couple's three children went to school.
"Because of the exceptional generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, we can now make long-term plans for how we will continue to provide top quality legal education many years into the future," explained Dean Tom Campbell.
The Fowlers have a history of making significant gifts to academic programs. In 2007 , the couple gave $60 million to Massachusetts' liberal arts school Gordon College, according to a philanthropy study published by Indiana and Purdue Universities.
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