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Scripps Foundation To Provide $1.6 Million Challenge Grant To Miller Center Of Public Affairs

October 26, 2000 -- Betty Scripps Harvey and her husband Jeremy G. Harvey, acting on behalf of the Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Foundation, have pledged $1.6 million in the form of a challenge grant to the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. The donation will create the Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive to house the Miller Center’s unique collection of materials on the American presidency and a world-class research program on American government. The Scripps Library will be part of the new Thompson Wing to be built at the Miller Center in the coming months. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, including a keynote speech by noted Harvard historian and former presidential advisor Richard Neustadt.

Betty Scripps Harvey is a member of the Miller Center’s Governing Council. The Scripps Foundation established by Mrs. Harvey and her late husband Edward Scripps, supports education, the arts, and humanitarian relief efforts. Mrs. Harvey has been an active supporter of the University for many years. "Betty Scripps Harvey is a true friend of the University and the Center," said University President John T. Casteen III. "We are extraordinarily grateful for her leadership and generosity in making this contribution to the Miller Center. The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive will allow scholars and the public alike to use the Center’s rich resources on the American presidency and public affairs."

Philip Zelikow, director of the Miller Center, said, "With this gift, Mrs. Harvey and the Scripps Foundation will help us make a lasting contribution to public understanding of the American presidency. The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive will enable us to bring together in one place a truly unique and comprehensive set of resources that are key to understanding decision-making in the White House, past, present and future.

The Miller Center’s new wing is being named for Kenneth W. Thompson, director of the Center from 1978-1998. During his tenure, Thompson instituted eight presidential commissions, directed the popular Forum program, and edited the Miller Center series on American presidential history. In addition to nurturing the careers of hundreds of scholars, he also has written and edited more than 200 books on political history, international relations, and issues of morality and ethics. His portrait will be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.

In addition to the Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive, the Thompson East Wing will house conference space and additional office space for scholars and staff. The project also includes an extensive renovation of the 1856 mansion, Faulkner House, which currently houses the Center. In addition to the Scripps Foundation pledge, the Miller Center Foundation has raised $3.3 million of the $7 million overall project cost. The Scripps Foundation gift is a challenge grant which will be paid to complete the Miller Center campaign, once a total of $5.4 million has been raised.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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