$10 million gift creates new policy center in McCourt School

University President John DeGioia (COL ’79) announced in an email to the Georgetown community today that a $10 million donation to Georgetown will fund a new, nonpartisan center within the McCourt School of Public Policy. The gift was donated by Patricia Baker and Jon Baker (COL ’64) and will make the Baker Center for Leadership and Governance.

“By providing an environment to observe and practice intelligent and respectful discourse on important global policy issues, the Baker Center will build upon our historic commitment to bringing insightful dialogue to bear on the most pressing issues of the day,” DeGioia wrote in his email. “The Baker Center will also enable our students and faculty to engage with and learn from today’s leading voices in policy.”

Baker’s contribution to the McCourt School was inspired by Frank McCourt‘s own record-setting $100 million donation a year ago, which founded the McCourt School as the University’s ninth academic institution.

Each year, the Baker Center will host the Baker Forum, a global gathering of policy experts who are going to “engage” the hell out of complex issues.

“Georgetown is uniquely positioned to leverage its brand, values, principles and successes to transform how policy issues are debated,” Baker said, according to the University’s website.

Baker is the founder, chair, and CEO of International Planning Group, a global life insurance broker and a recipient of the 1991 John Carroll Award, the University’s highest honor.

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