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$13 Million Nau Gift Solidifies U.Va.’s Preeminence in 19th-century American History

Published June 12, 2015 in News

A new center for Civil War history will build on the University of Virginia’s distinction as a widely recognized leader in the research and teaching of 19th-century American history, aiming to serve as the preeminent academic center for scholars, archivists and students studying that era. The University’s Board of Visitors approved today the naming of the John L. Nau, III Center for Civil War History, which is the centerpiece of a gift of more than $13 million to U.Va.’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Named after John L. Nau, III, a U.Va. alumnus and outgoing member of the BOV, the center will enhance and support the work of the distinguished and award-winning faculty within the College’s Corcoran Department of History. The commitment from Nau and his wife Bobbie to fund the center builds on the Houston couple’s legacy of generosity and service to the University.

A 1968 graduate of U.Va. who majored in history, Nau is a longtime benefactor of the University and a founder of the College Foundation. Previous gifts to the University from the Naus include the $11 million lead gift for the construction of Nau Hall at South Lawn, home to the Corcoran Department of History.


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