Carolina passes $2 billion mark

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — With a $50 million gift to its school of public health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has raised $2.05 billion to date during its latest fundraising campaign.

The university reached its goal 10 months early for the $2 billion Carolina First campaign, which was launched in 1999 and is scheduled to conclude at the end of this year.

The $50 million donation from Dennis and Joan Gillings is the largest in the school’s history and will be recognized by changing the name of the public health school to the Dennis and Joan Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dennis Gillings is a former UNC professor and CEO of Quintiles Transnational Corp., a pharmaceutical services company in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

At the same time UNC announced the gift, it launched a drive to raise an additional $100 million for faculty support, which would bring the total goal for this area to $500 million while raising the overall Carolina First goal by $100 million.

The university so far has raised $335.4 million for faculty support, enough to fund 193 of 200 desired endowed professorships.

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