Foundation To Provide $1.6 Million Challenge Grant To Miller Center
Of Public Affairs
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
Centers 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
Betty Scripps Harvey is a member
of the Miller Centers 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 Centers 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 Centers 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.
Contact: Margaret Edwards, (804)