The university recognized Dana and David Dornsife for their $200 million donation to the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences in a re-naming ceremony at Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday.
With more than 1,000 people in attendance, President C. L. Max Nikias, members of the Board of Trustees, senior administration, faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, students and alumni honored Dana and David Dornsife for their donation, which is the singe largest donation in the university’s history.
Howard Gillman, dean of the newly named Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, expressed his gratitude for the Dornsife’s donation.
“With more than 10,000 students, 700 faculty and 600 staff members, [the College] is really the beating heart of the university,” Gillman said.
Scott Soames, USC professor of philosophy, said he came from Princeton to teach at USC because he liked the university’s vision. He said the Dornsife donation encourages faculty and students to continue in the right direction to make this vision become reality.
Because of the nature and generosity of their gift, Nikias presented the Dornsifes with the University Medallion. In USC’s 164-year history, the only other University Medallion, awarded to those who have made incredible contributions to the university, was given to Walter Annenberg, who donated $120 million in 1993.
Through their donation, the Dornsifes have demonstrated their confidence in the USC administration, faculty and students.
“We’ve seen a continuity in the leaders of the university making the College a major part of USC,” David Dornsife said.
Their donation is the single-largest donation to a college of letters, arts and sciences at any American university.
“This unrestricted donation advances the cause of the College,” said Paul Barton, USC alumnus from the College’s class of 1984. “It’s always great to get another reason to love USC.”