June 20th, 2014

Pardee endows global studies school

Gift will advance research in human progress

Frederick S. Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06) has given $25 million to endow a new BU school that will be built on his dream of advancing human progress.

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies will open this fall. The goal of the school will be to bring together faculty from across the University to support interdisciplinary research and to educate the next generation of leaders who will address issues of global human progress.

Pardee’s new gift matches the largest single gift in University history, Trustee Rajen Kilachand’s $25 million for the Kilachand Honors College in 2011. The gift brings Pardee’s lifetime giving to almost $40 million, the most of any BU supporter.

Mr. Pardee’s investment in Boston University, and his vision of moving higher education forward to pioneer a new approach to address the important issues facing human development, are extraordinary.” —President Robert A. Brown

“Mr. Pardee’s investment in Boston University, and his vision of moving higher education forward to pioneer a new approach to address the important issues facing human development, are extraordinary,” President Robert A. Brown said. “The Pardee School will be transformational in our effort to prepare our students to work on the great challenges in the world.”

In April, Brown announced that global policy expert Adil Najam—a member of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty—had been selected to serve as the Pardee School’s first dean.

Commenting on his appointment, Najam thanked Pardee for his vision and generosity: “With a deep commitment to interdisciplinarity, the Pardee School will bring together the amazing faculty and programs we already have with synergies that allow the whole to be even greater than it already is: in outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, and relevant policy outreach and impact.”

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