Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The majority of a $20 million gift from USC Trustee Ray Irani will go toward building a residence hall for up to 320 students, the university announced Monday.

“Dr. Irani’s most recent gift helps assure that the USC Village will provide the world-class living and learning environment that our outstanding students deserve, while nurturing their intellectual, creative and personal growth,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in an official statement.

While $15 million of the donation will fund Ray Irani Residential College at the new USC Village, the remaining $5 million will be used to endow two faculty chairs and create a student support fund.

“I believe residential colleges are invaluable to helping students acclimate to and make the most of their university experience—especially students coming from other countries and cultures,” said Irani.

The residential college is the second to be named, after McCarthy Honors College, endowed in 2014 by a donation from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, chaired by USC Trustee Kathleen McCarthy ‘57.

The $650 million USC Village — scheduled to open in 2017 — will include eight other residential halls, adding about 2,700 beds to student housing.

— Staff

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