The has announced three gifts totaling $45 million in support of key university initiatives in the areas of health care, graduate education, and athletics.
Part of the , the gifts from six members of the "campaign cabinet" include $25 million from trustee Carol A. Ammon and alumnus Marie E. Pinizzotto to help establish a $156 million biopharmaceutical center that will serve as the home for biopharmaceutical innovation, life sciences, and education programs at UD and also function as an innovation hub. In recognition of the gift, the building will be named for Ammon, a retired founder of and a UD trustee since 2013, and Pinizzotto, CEO and executive director of the .
The university also announced a $10 million gift from trustee Stuart Grant, co-founder and managing director of , and, his wife, Suzanne, to establish the Stuart M. and Suzanne B. Grant Graduate College Fund in support of graduate education and to create a graduate college. In recognition of the couple's commitment, which will assist UD in hiring additional faculty, increasing graduate enrollment, and providing educational opportunities and career pathway preparation for doctoral students, the university will name the new school the Stuart M. and Suzanne B. Grant Graduate College.
In addition, the university received a $10 million gift from trustee, alumnus, and former partner Kenneth C. Whitney ('80) and, his wife, Elizabeth K. Whitney, in support of the . Among other things, the gift will support construction of a state-of-the-art athletic center to be named for the Whitneys that will serve as a hub for strength and conditioning, athletic training, sports medicine, nutrition, and wellness programs, as well as provide academic support, leadership development, and career preparation for members of the university's athletic teams.
"The entire university community is extremely grateful for [the donors'] generous support and dedication to advancing the mission of this great institution," said UD president Dennis Assanis. "They fully embrace our drive toward an extraordinary future by investing in health-care innovation, elevating the university's vision of graduate education, and creating unparalleled opportunities for our student-athletes. Together, they are transforming the meaning of possibility, leadership, and purpose for UD. They have set the pace for Delaware First in such a momentous way."