BERKELEY — Officials of UC Berkeley announced Friday that the school has received $200 million of the $1 billion they are seeking to raise over the next five years in one of the nation's most ambitious university fund-raising campaigns.
"We are not seeking support for fancy extras, for gleaming new buildings or hefty endowments," Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien said. "Our highest priorities are to attract and keep outstanding faculty and students, to maintain student access regardless of financial circumstances, and to enhance the campus environment."
Of the $200 million committed, $25 million was given by an anonymous donor to construct science facilities.
Another $25 million was given by Mimi and Peter E. Haas Sr. and Evelyn and Walter A. Haas Jr. to construct an athletic facility and enhance academic offerings. Peter Haas Sr. is a Berkeley alumnus and chairman of the executive committee of Levi Strauss & Co. He will head the committee charged with overseeing the fund-raising campaign. The remaining $150 million was made up of smaller pledges, Tien said.
The chancellor said UC Berkeley has lost $70 million in state funding since 1991, leading to cuts in faculty and administrative staff and the suspension of many classes.