Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Develop academic support and infrastructure for programs and centers

Action Taken

  • Made significant progress in providing academic support and infrastructure across the University
  • Allocated space for various new programs including Environmental Change (MacMillan Hall) and S4, completed renovations to support the master’s program in public policy (Taubman Center), and increased space for computer science in the CIT
  • Received Corporation approval for a $10 million renovation to Pembroke Hall, which will house the new Cogut Humanities Center; the new center will provide space and resources to allow intellectual exchange and public engagements
  • Received leadership gifts from Artemis and Martha Joukowsky to endow the new Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and to renovate Rhode Island Hall as the permanent home for the institute
  • Raised $15 million from the Starr Foundation to endow and name the C.V. Starr Program in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship
  • Raised $10 million from William R. Rhodes ’57 to create and endow the William R. Rhodes ’57 Center for International Economics
  • Used the lead gift of James A. Harmon ’57 to establish the Harmon Family Chair, and designated the use of that chair for Africana Studies
  • Raised $5 million from an anonymous donor to support theater arts at Brown and the Brown-Trinity Consortium
  • Received a $15.5 million grant from the NSF for the establishment and operation of a new Math Institute
  • Established the University Directorship of the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) with support from anonymous donors
  • Raised $6 million from parents who wish to remain anonymous for the Brown-India Research Initiative, which will focus on contemporary issues of urbanization, the environment, and governance
  • Received $5 million to endow the Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Secured support from Santander Universidades Foundation for the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

Action Needed

  • Identify support and infrastructure needs of existing and new multidisciplinary programs and centers, and raise funds to meet them


  • Provost
  • Senior Vice President for University Advancement

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