in Pittsburgh has announced a $15 million bequest from the estate of a couple who served the university as trustees and adjunct instructors.
Equal to nearly half the school's endowment, the gift from the estate of George White, a physicist, and his wife, Kathleen, an electrical engineer, includes $5 million to enable the , the university's performing arts center, to relocate to the Downtown neighborhood, as well as almost $7 million in support of initiatives at the . The gift is the largest in the university's eighty-year history.
George White, who worked at Sperry Rand Corp. and Xerox, where he was vice president of research, development, and engineering, began teaching an MBA-level course at Point Park after retiring from the . Subsequently, he became involved in efforts to develop a library center at the university and in 1995 joined its board of trustees, serving for seventeen years until his death in 2012. His wife then joined the board and served until her death in 2013. Over the years, the Whites' gifts to the university have included $1 million to establish the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance and support for the George Rowland White Performance Studio and GRW Theater.
"As someone dedicated to self-improvement, I think George was drawn to what he saw as Point Park's underdog status," Point Park president Paul Hennigan told the . "George was a believer in swinging for the fences, and he was excited for our vision of expanding our campus and programs."