$15-Million Committed to University; Other Gifts

Five higher-education institutions have received big gifts:

  • Richard C. Blum, a real-estate and investment executive, has donated $10-million and pledged an additional $5-million to the University of California at Berkeley to establish a center for the study of developing economies. Mr. Ellis is chairman of the Los Angeles real-estate firm CB Richard Ellis and founder and president of Blum Capital Partners, an investment firm in San Francisco. In making the gift, Mr. Blum, a