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@Rochester: Oct. 17, 2008

Special Announcement

University Announces Largest Single Gift in Its History

Ed HajimThe University has received the largest single gift commitment in its 158-year history from Edmund A. Hajim, a 1958 graduate of its School of Engineering, a highly successful investment manager, and the Chairman of its Board of Trustees.

Hajim announced the $30 million gift commitment Oct. 16 at the Trustee dinner.

"This is a historic commitment," says President Seligman. "Ed has been an exemplary donor and a member of our Board since 1988. With this gift of historic generosity, his support and his example make him our most inspiring donor at this moment in our history. This is a truly transformational gift, and we are enormously grateful to him."

"Higher education is the cornerstone of economic strength in our increasingly interconnected world," Hajim says. "It will be even more important in the decades ahead, and our nation's foremost research universities will lead the way. A great tradition in this country is that we try our best to improve the world we inherited for the generations that will follow us. Supporting a vibrant center of innovation and discovery like the University of Rochester is simply the best way I can fulfill this obligation." Read more...

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