Dennis Brown | December 18, 2016
Andrew J. McKenna Sr., a University of Notre Dame alumnus and emeritus chairman of the Board of Trustees, has made a leadership gift to his alma mater for the establishment of the Andrew J. and Joan P. McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.
“This wonderful gift is only the latest example of the extraordinary ways in which Andy and Joan have served Notre Dame and its mission,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “We are deeply grateful for their tremendously generous support and, in particular, for the creation of this new center in the school named for their longtime friend, Don Keough. The legacy of the McKenna family will shape Notre Dame for generations to come.”
The McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business will be a central part of Notre Dame’s new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. The first degree-granting college or school to be established at the University in almost a century, the Keough School will address global challenges through research, policy and practice; transformative education programs; and partnerships. The McKenna Center will join seven other University centers and institutes under the auspices of the Keough School – the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
“One of the original objectives of the Keough School, and one that was especially important to Don Keough as well as to Andy McKenna, was to better understand the criticality of the role of global business in the betterment of humanity,” said Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of Notre Dame. “Both men played leadership roles in this area in their own right. This extraordinary gift will ensure that the Keough School will be able to support many initiatives that allow faculty and students to study, conduct research on and ultimately participate in the private sector’s role in reducing poverty and inequality. We cannot thank Andy and Joan enough for this foundational gift.”