Alum drops $5 million on new center at Wesleyan:
The founder of the much-buzzed-about political news website The Politico and his wife will give $5 million to Wesleyan University.
The money will be used to create a new academic center devoted to changes in politics, the media, business and other aspects of public life. It will be named for Robert Allbritton, a 1992 graduate, and his wife, Elena Allbritton, a 1993 graduate.
Robert Allbritton could not be reached for comment on Friday, the day the gift was announced. In a press release heralding the donation, he said he was proud to be a part of the new venture.
“Public life is changing, in part because new media have accelerated the exchange of ideas among leaders in government, business, the arts and sciences, and grassroots activism,” Allbritton said. “I am proud to think that The Politico supports and informs this exchange. I believe that the Center for the Study of Public Life at Wesleyan also can help us understand and elevate our evolving public discourse.”
The center will take over the space in historic Davenport Hall, which is currently used as a student center.