September 20, 2006, 11:40 AM ET
George Lucas Gives $175-Million to Film School
George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars films and a University of Southern California alumnus, will give his alma mater $175-million, the school’s largest donation, to build a new complex for its film school, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The gift, made through Mr. Lucas’s foundation, is the latest in a string of large gifts and pledges to USC, to which $4.2-billion has flowed since the arrival of the university’s current president, Steven B. Sample, in 1991, the Times reports. The Lucasfilm Foundation’s gift will pay for a 137,000-square-foot complex to expand the school’s ability use emerging media technologies in its filmmaking.