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UCLA School of Law Receives $6 Million to Support Academic Excellence
Michael T. Masin ’69 Makes Lead Campaign Gift
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UCLA School of Law
LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2008 - Prominent New York business leader Michael T. Masin has agreed to contribute $6 million to promote academic excellence at UCLA School of Law. The gift, which will include the providing of merit scholarships, represents the largest commitment by a living alumnus to the school and is part of UCLA's recently announced $100 million law school endowment campaign.
"In both the business and legal world, Mike Masin is known for his commitment to excellence, high standards and integrity, " said Dean Michael H Schill. "And his generous gift will enable us to continue to build excellence in the students we attract, in the influential faculty we hire and retain and in the programs we offer. "
"UCLA Law School was instrumental to my career and my success," said Masin "And my family and I are pleased to help provide others with the same opportunities that I had."
In recognition of the gift, to be made by Masin, his wife Joanne and the Masin Family Foundation, UCLA will establish the Michael T. Masin Scholars Program, which will recognize the 12 highest performing students after the first year of law school. "Mike Masin is a superb role model for our students and it is only fitting that we use his name to recognize excellence in our students," said Schill. "I know that our students will be proud to be identified with him as Michael T. Masin Scholars."
"UCLA law students are among the brightest and most promising students in the country," said Masin. "And I am pleased that my gift will recognize the very best of this superb group."
A 1969 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Michael T. Masin began his career at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers. After 25 years, he left the firm to join GTE Corporation and held progressively senior positions with GTE and its successor company, Verizon Communications. After GTE's merger with Bell Atlantic, he became Vice Chairman and President of the combined company, Verizon Communications.
Masin served on the Board of Directors of Citigroup, and in 2002, was elected Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup, a position he held until 2004, when he rejoined O'Melveny & Myers. He recently stepped down from the firm in order to devote his time to several business ventures.
Masin is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Carnegie Hall, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the W. M. Keck Foundation. He is also on the Board of the Weill Family Foundation and Popular Inc., the holding company for Banco Popular. Masin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the co-chair of the Dean's Advisory Council at UCLA School of Law.
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