Lindback Reception: April 22
All members of the University are invited to a reception Thursday,
April 22, from 4-6 p.m., when Provost Robert Barchi will present this year's
eight Lindback Awards and the Provost's Award.
The party's location: the new Veranda at 3615 Locust Walk.
Click on recipients' photographs
for their profiles
... in the Non-Health Schools
A $12 Million Gift: Improving Gimbel
David S. Pottruck, a trustee and alumnus who is president and co-CEO
of The Charles Schwab Corporation, has made a $12 million gift to the University--$2
million of it to Wharton's Jon M. Huntsman Hall construction, and $10 million
to establish the David S. Pottruck Health and Fitness Center at Gimbel Gym.
The gym project, which will include renovation of existing space as well
as new construction, is expected to begin this summer and will take two
years to complete.
Mr. Pottruck, C '70, MBA '72, also established the David S. Pottruck
Scholarship Fund at Penn, and has long been a major donor to the Wharton
School and to Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics.
Noting that the renovation and expansion of Gimbel Gymnasium as the base
for self-directed recreational activities is among Penn's highest priorities
in the Agenda
for Excellence, President Judith Rodin said "We are enormously
grateful for this generous affirmation of support from someone who knows
us so well and has demonstrated his commitment in so many meaningful ways
with his time, his energy and his vision." Added thanks came from Wharton's
Dean Thomas Gerrity, and from DRIA Director Steve Bilsky, who said, "This
gift allows us to address the critical needs of our students, faculty and
the staff for indoor recreational space. It also will create a vibrant hub
of social activity in the Gym and its surroundings."
Mr. Pottruck was a versatile student-athlete who won both the Pennsylvania
Football Club Award and the Chuck Bednarik Wrestling MVP Award. He was also
inducted to the Hall of Outstanding Americans of the National Wrestling
Hall of Fame, recognizing former wrestlers who have earned national and
international acclaim in their professional lives.
Mr. Pottruck joined the Schwab firm in 1984 and became president and
CEO of its Charles Schwab & Co. unit four years later. In announcing
his 1997 promotion to his present post as the Corporation's co-CEO, with
Founder Charles Schwab, the firm said revenues have trebled under Mr. Pottruck's
leadership, and customer assets rose from $66 billion to $340 billion.