Carnegie Mellon University Set to Receive Record-Breaking Gift of $265 Million

Wow – William S. Dietrich II, a Pittsburgh native, is going to donate $265 MILLION just because…he loves it.  Now how would you show your love?

Makes me feel like going back for Carnival each year, and donating to CMARC just isn’t enough…hmmm…

Now those that are not familiar with Carnegie Mellon – here’s a quick scoop:

  • Located in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Known for their drama program, business school, emphasis on the sciences and technology and also psychology (not to say that the other programs are not superb)
  • Has Intel, Google, Apple and Microsoft living under one roof
  • Is one of the first university’s to have wireless
  • Created the first smiley :)
  • Some famous alumni – Josh Groban (Singer who got discovered before graduating), Ted Danson (Actor), Judith Light (Actress), Gela Nash-Taylor (co-creator and co-founder of Juicy Couture), Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture), Aron Ralston (127 Hours), Judith Resnik (Astronaut), Andy Warhol (The Artist - Duh!), etc…

The gift will be used across disciplines, facilitating the fusion of right/left-brain thinking, amongst its undergraduate and graduate students, across the seven schools and colleges, merging technology, innovation. creativity and of course, sprinkled with all sorts of global initiatives because that is just how Carnegie Mellon works.

With this gift, the school of Humanities and Social Sciences will also be named in honor of Bill Dietrich’s mother – Marianna Brown Dietrich.  The school will now be the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

I am honored to be an alum and look forward to reading more about this gift, and how others are giving back. 

To learn more, check out the following links:

The gift

The Little Brag Book of Big Ideas

More on Carnegie Mellon, taken from their website:

Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.