Continued: Darla Moore
The $45 million gift is Moore’s second to the school. In 1998, she announced a $25 million gift to the business school, which named the school in her honor.
Her generosity raised the bar on higher-education philanthropy in South Carolina, Pastides said.
“This is a testimony to Darla Moore’s vision to offer students a world-class business education and the collective commitment and spirit of the university community,” Pastides said. “Everyone stepped up and came together at a critical time – deans, faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and corporations.”
The financial support from Moore and donors to the business school will enable the university to redefine business education in a new century, he said.
“And she did all this while reinforcing her commitment to a better state for all South Carolinians,” Pastides said.
The news comes just one week after the U.S. Department of Justice announced a 20-year lease on the Close-Hipp Building that houses The Darla Moore School of Business. The proposal will bring more than 250 high-paying jobs to Columbia and will enable the business school to begin building a new facility in the heart of Innovista, the university’s research district.
Dr. Hildy Teegen, dean of the Darla Moore school, said the philanthropic support was broad and reflected a resounding commitment from corporations and individuals.