Gift of $26.8 million from Real-Estate Mogul, Wife Biggest in SFSU History

Monday, November 26, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The bulk of the donation from George and Judy Marcus, $25 million, will support an area of academics that is often neglected in this technological era: the liberal arts. The remaining $1.8 million will establish an athletics scholarship fund.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity,” said President Leslie Wong in a statement Monday. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs.”

The money will establish the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts, which in turn will support student and faculty research within the College of Liberal & Creative Arts on campus. The University will also create four endowed chairs, and will use the gift for improvements in the department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.