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November 2, 2017

Citadel CEO Donates $125 Million, Econ Department Renamed


The Economics Department will be renamed the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics in recognition of the $125 Million donation from The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.

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The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund gifted $125 million to UChicago’s Department of Economics—the second largest donation in University history—according to an announcement by President Robert Zimmer on Monday.

The Economics Department will be renamed the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics in recognition of the gift.

The donation will be used to support scholarships, stipends, and research conducted by economics students and faculty. It will also support the creation of the Kenneth C. Griffin Applied Economics Research Incubator, which will promote interdisciplinary collaboration and the impacts of economic research.

The gift will provide undergraduate grants to third and fourth-year economics students through the Odyssey Scholarship Program and stipends to graduate students and researchers.

Griffin is the founder and CEO of the asset manager Citadel and has been a member of UChicago’s Board of Trustees since 2014.

He has previously made donations to the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and the University of Chicago Charter School, according to Zimmer in an email sent to the University community.

His total gifts to the school total almost $150 million.

In a statement for UChicago News, Griffin praised UChicago’s impact on economics, citing the 29 Nobel Prizes awarded to University associates.

“I am proud to support the extraordinary work of the Economics Department and a university so fundamentally committed to free expression, fierce debate, and intellectual pursuit,” Griffin said, according to a UChicago News article.

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