Dennis Brown | November 2, 2017
University of Notre Dame alumnus John A. “Jack” Kelly and his wife, Gail E. Weiss, have made a $1 million gift to his alma mater to support initiatives within the University’s Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) and the Office of the President.
“Jack and Gail have played an important role in the creation and development of the Notre Dame International Security Center, and this latest gift will do much to significantly enhance the work of our faculty in this important area of study,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “We are grateful for this generous donation and for their leadership and vision.”
Founded in 2008 and recently expanded with the addition of three new faculty members, the International Security Center is under the direction of Michael Desch, professor of political science.
“Jack and Gail epitomize the meaning of ‘God, Country, Notre Dame,’” Desch said. “Jack answered the call of duty in the Special Forces and then on Capitol Hill, where he met Gail, who also had a long and distinguished career there. Together they have been longtime, generous benefactors of Notre Dame and were the first supporters of the Notre Dame International Security Center. This gift will continue their commitment to assist Notre Dame undergraduates and graduate students in becoming our country’s next generation of national security leaders.”
The NDISC examines pressing international security issues facing the nation and world and conducts research that contributes to dialogue on global policy. The center supports faculty and student research projects, an endowed speaker series, an undergraduate fellows program and a seminar series featuring scholars and experts on national security.