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$40 Million Gift to A&S by Thompson Dean ('79) Will Strengthen and Support a Variety of Curricular Initiatives

Published September 16, 2016 in News

By: John Carfango, Director of Communications

A longtime benefactor’s $40 million gift to the University of Virginia will support a series of curricular initiatives designed to dynamically advance UVA as a national leader in liberal arts and sciences education.

Private equity investment firm leader Thompson Dean, an Echols Scholar and 1979 graduate of the University, recently committed more than $40 million in present and future support to the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Thompson Dean ('79), Co-Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Avista Capital PartnersIn recognition of this gift and his longtime support of his alma mater, UVA is celebrating the naming of the South Lawn’s Dean Commons Building on September 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in his honor.

The co-managing partner and co-CEO of Avista Capital Partners, Dean has now committed more than $52 million in gifts and pledges to the University, ranking him among the University’s top 10 all-time donors.

“We are deeply grateful for Tom’s dedication and generosity,” UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “This gift will strengthen and support the College’s undergraduate curricular efforts in ways that will ensure the world-class education that its current students experience will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

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