University of Richmond

Weinstein Family Donates $7 Million to University for New Social Sciences Building

June 7, 2001

Long-time Richmond residents Marcus and Carole Weinstein, daughter Allison Weinstein and son-in-law Ivan Jecklin have donated $7 million to the University of Richmond for the construction of a new social sciences center.

The center, to be named Weinstein Hall in honor of the family's generous support of the university, will include a major expansion and renovation of the existing Political Science Building, which is adjacent to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and across from historic Ryland Hall.

The new Weinstein Hall will house the journalism, political science, rhetoric-communication studies and sociology-anthropology departments, as well as the Speech Center. The building also will serve as the home of the Richmond Research Institute, a new independent research center devoted to the study of social issues and public policy.

Construction is expected to begin sometime later this year, with completion by the opening of the fall semester in 2003. The building is one of the top construction priorities outlined in the university's recently adopted 10-year strategic plan.

"The Weinstein family has a long history of supporting this university, and we are most grateful for this magnificent gift," said university President William E. Cooper. "The addition of Weinstein Hall to our beautiful campus will greatly enhance our academic programs in the social sciences and will allow for increased research opportunities for our faculty and students across a number of disciplines."

The Weinstein family has supported the University of Richmond for nearly 30 years, funding the Minnie Roth Weinstein Scholarship and the Carole Weinstein Fellows in International Studies and donating the Chancellor's home. Along with fellow Richmond residents Fannie and Gilbert Rosenthal, the Weinsteins also established a chair in Jewish and Christian studies at the university.

In addition, the Weinsteins have contributed toward the Wilton Interfaith Center, Joseph A. Jennings Chair in Business and the public radio program "A Moment in Time," which is produced and nationally syndicated by Richmond history professor Dan Roberts. The Weinsteins also provided key support that brought acclaimed opera diva Roberta Peters to the campus for a performance last spring.

Allison Weinstein, president and chief operating officer of Weinstein Management Co. Inc., was recently elected to the University of Richmond's Board of Trustees.

The university's board of trustees reviewed the design of the building at its May meeting. The architects were charged with bringing together the university's core academic programs involving communication, culture and policy in a facility that would create increased academic synergies, research opportunities and multi-disciplinary study and interaction. Virtually every student who enrolls at the university will take part in classes and programs in the new structure.