The Gift that Made the School

Mr. Frederick S. Pardee and Boston University President Robert Brown.The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies was borne out of Boston University’s longstanding commitment to global issues, the legacy of excellence of the many academic units that now constitute the School, and the vision and generosity of the benefactor whose name it bears. The $25 million gift from Fred Pardee and the University’s decision to launch the new School was announced in December 2013.

The following is based on a report of the announcement in BU Today (December 13, 2013):

Building on its growing international profile and the global scope of its programs for research and education, Boston University announced the launch of a new school of global studies in December 2013.

To be named for its largest benefactor, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies will be housed within the College of Arts & Sciences and will bring together faculty from across the University to support uniquely interdisciplinary research aimed at the great challenge of advancing global human progress and educating the next generation of leaders who will address these issues. Improving the human condition around the globe is at the core of the school’s mission.

Mr. Frederick S. Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06) donated $25 million to endow the school, matching the largest single gift in University history. This gift brings his lifetime giving to BU to almost $40 million, the most of any supporter.

“Mr. Frederick S. 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 says. “The Pardee School will be transformational in our effort to prepare our students to work on the great challenges in the world.”

Frederick S. Pardee, a former think tank economist who heads a real estate management firm in Los Angeles, developed a passion for creating a more peaceful, better world in his youth during the upheaval of the Second World War. He attended BU on scholarship and has called that aid, and his studies at the School of Management, essential to his life and career.

The new school’s nascent mission statement declares its dedication “to advancing human progress and improving the human condition through rigorous and creative undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; pathbreaking research; and active engagement in innovative projects that apply this education and knowledge [to] the critical challenges humanity faces.”

Dean Virginia Sapiro, dean of Arts & Sciences points out, “global education has long been a strong suit of Boston University both in the classroom and through the very large Study Abroad program, which currently serves more than 40 percent of all the undergraduate population of the University.” With the creation of the Pardee School, “we will have an unparalleled opportunity to take giant strides forward in this work, advancing human progress through education and research.”

“We’re deeply grateful to Pardee,” Provost Jean Morrison says. BU “has long been a globally connected university, and this school will cement our leadership role to educate the next generation of global leaders.”