The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received an anonymous gift estimated at $10.3 million for the benefit of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to this gift, a generous external endowment has been established that will provide programmatic support in perpetuity.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, “This transformative gift is among the largest in UMass history, particularly one dedicated to the support of the social and behavioral sciences. The growth in research that will result from this gift will benefit society not only through enhanced educational opportunities, but also through its impact on social policy.”
Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman, former dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who was deeply involved in securing the gift, added, “UMass social scientists already have had a significant impact on our understanding of fundamental social and economic issues ranging from social mobility to environmental impact; this unprecedented gift will ensure the continuation of this legacy.”
Mike Leto, vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs, said this gift is a big boost to the UMass Rising campaign, which exceeds 85 percent of its goal with this gift.