IIT Challenge Campaign announcement video, 1996
Audio-visual tape recordings of Nov. 20, 1996 Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees reception in Crown Hall at which the $120 million dollar Galvin-Pritzker pledge was announced.
- Illinois Institute of Technology (Organization)
Language of Materials
Records are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Available for Research
5 Items (VHS cassettes, 1¾ hours viewing time)
Description of the Collection
The Illinois Institute of Technology Challenge Grant (IIT Challenge Campaign) was issued by two Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustee members, Robert Galvin and Robert Pritzker, in 1996 in response to the university's need to renew its campus facilities and academic programs. Galvin and Pritzker each pledged $60 million dollars to be matched in a fund raising effort (ultimate goal, $250 million). The challenge followed a 1993-1994 National Commission self study which re-committed Illinois Institute of Technology to its South Side Chicago location at 33rd and State Streets, and the 1996 master plan presented by board member Dirk Lohan to build a new campus center, renovate five Mies van der Rohe buildings, and landscape substantial portions of the campus. By December, 2000, a year ahead of schedule, the goal had been exceeded. At the time the challenge grant was announced, it was the largest private donation of its kind to an Illinois university.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 7/26/2001