Mar 9, 2011
The Dornsifes' donation will support the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences without any spending restrictions.
USC President Max Nikias praised the donors, saying:
"Especially in the economic environment we are in, this gift makes a big statement about the importance of the humanities and social sciences in the university, not just the sciences," Nikias said. "It's a very, very transformative gift."
David, 67, and Dana, 49, have six children and eight grandchildren between them. The couple are residents of the Northern California community of Danville.
The record-breaking $200 million donation from Dana and David Dornsife to USC exceeds the university's previous record of $175 million from fellow alumnus George Lucas.
The #1 California blog joins Californians in acknowledging the Dornsifes' extremely generous gift to higher education while congratulating the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.