Art DeMuro, the president of Venerable Group Inc., a firm that has purchased and renovated several historic buildings in Portland, recently donated $2.8 million to the university, The Register-Guard reported. The funds will be used to expand historic preservation course offerings at the Eugene and Portland campuses, launch a new symposium on the subject, and pay for additional staff and adjunct professors, the newspaper reported.
The gift also will fund the Venerable Chair in Historic Preservation, the first endowed chair in historic preservation in a public university for a permanent staff member and the only one of its kind in the western United States. The annual George McMath Historic Preservation Award event, held each spring at the university’s Portland center, will be expanded.
Also in the works is a new concentration in green preservation within the current ecological design certificate program and a new focus on cultural and environmental sustainability in the existing master’s degree program.
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