Largest Individual Pledge Ever for Sargent
Alumna donates $1.5 million for research fund| From Commonwealth
Gayle R. Berg (SAR’74), an alumna of Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has committed $1.5 million to the college to create an endowed fund for interdisciplinary research in psychiatric rehabilitation, the largest individual pledge in Sargent’s history.
Berg earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Sargent and a doctorate from New York University. In April, she was elected to BU’s Board of Overseers.
“The establishment of this fund allows Sargent College to maintain its world-class reputation in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation,” says BU President Robert A. Brown. “We are extremely grateful to Dr. Berg for this generous gift.” Berg, a practicing psychologist, also serves on the Sargent College Dean’s Leadership Board and on the Advisory Council for the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
“The value of these flexible funds, which cannot be readily obtained from traditional funding sources, cannot be overestimated,” says Gloria Waters, dean of Sargent. “This pledge will underwrite pilot projects and new research collaborations and assist especially talented research trainees or junior faculty members working in this area.”
“I am very excited to be a part of the process of establishing a permanently endowed research fund at Sargent College that will promote research into the use of psychosocial approaches in the recovery from severe mental illness,” says Berg. “This fund will support and make viable the continued development of multifaceted, interdisciplinary research which is the critical next phase of its growth, while at the same time ensuring Boston University’s and Sargent College’s position at the cutting edge of this important research.”