The UNC School of Media and Journalism will be renamed following a $25 million gift from Walter and Ben Hussman, the school announced Tuesday.
The new name is the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. According to an email from the school, Walter Hussman Jr. and his family own 10 daily papers along with magazines and cable television companies in six states.
The gift will consist of $25 million in endowed funds — the largest single gift ever made to the school since it was launched as a department in 1924.
“The Hussman family’s stalwart belief in the future of journalism, its critical role in a democratic society — and our school as a guardian of its foundational values — is both a signal and calling to remain grounded in principles as we innovate, invent and lead the way through the challenges of this era,” Susan King, dean of the media and journalism school, said in a statement.
The Hussman School will join Kenan-Flagler Business School, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Adams School of Dentistry as the fifth named school at UNC.