UNH alumna makes second largest donation in UNH history
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 03:10
Emmy-award winning television producer (“The Cosby Show,” “That 70s Show, “Third Rock from the Sun”) and UNH 1966 cum laude graduate in English literature Marcy Carsey donated $20 million to the university in support of the creation of the Carsey School for Public Policy. This is the second-largest donation in university history, the first being Peter T. Paul’s donation of $25 million in 2008.
“I’m really interested in connecting public policy to really rigorous research so people are making laws and forming polices that actually respond to the facts, like what is actually going on in the real world and communities. It’s a problem people are having, especially these days,” Carsey said.
The school will be dedicated to training students to be leaders in the States and around the world in a variety of subjects, including political science, public administration and sociology.
“This gift will transform the future leadership of our country,” UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a press release. “Marcy’s support for this interdisciplinary approach to public policy is forward thinking and crucial to our advancement as an institution. Together we will develop the informed and engaged leaders our nation needs.”
This is Carsey’s second donation to the university. The first was in May 2002, when she donated the $7.5 million that established the Carsey Institute at UNH. The Carsey Institute, according to its website, “conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development” and gives “policy makers and practitioners the timely, independent resources they need to effect change in their communities.”
“UNH tends to have an alumni body that has a particular fondness for the school,” Carsey said. “I’m an alumni that has a great fondness of the school. It’s part of my way to express my appreciation for that.”
Her donation also comes in after UNH’s largest fundraising year in university history. The UNH Foundation was able to raise $35.8 million during the 2013 fiscal year, beating its previous record of $29.9 million in 2002.
A national search for the school’s first director will be conducted before any other plans or projects move forward.