Making History

Businessman, scholar, philanthropist and longtime Carnegie Mellon University trustee William S. Dietrich II has announced a plan to provide a record-breaking gift of a $265 million fund to support CMU.

It's the largest gift in CMU's history and one of the 10 largest by an individual to a private higher education institution in the United States.

The fund will be a catalyst for CMU’s global initiatives and its fusion of left-brain and right-brain thinking. It will enhance studies connecting technology and the arts, as well as future academic initiatives such as undergraduate and graduate programs, scholarship, artistic creation and research.

In recognition of the gift, CMU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences will also be named the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences after Dietrich’s mother, a homemaker who inspired and supported Dietrich throughout his life.

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