A $ 425 million gift to the University of Oregon will fund a new institute for children’s behavioral health, the university said Tuesday. Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of the Ballmer Group Philanthropy, funded the Ballmer Children’s Behavioral Health Institute, which includes a new degree program for students who want to invest in research in this field and become behavioral health practitioners. They donated.
Patrick Phillips, Oregon Provost and Senior Vice President, said in a press release, “It’s always important to reflect our broad role in the state and beyond as a public research university. “Naturally, we celebrate our core mission of education and research, but here we have an unprecedented opportunity to build on these strengths to make a great impact on the world.”
The institute may be located on the former campus of Concordia University in northeastern Portland, where the university intends to buy. The university plans to hire 20 additional faculty members who will focus on studying children’s behavior and mental health.