UCI kicks off largest campaign in Orange County history

  • Published October 7, 2019

Aiming to bolster scientific research, healthcare, student scholarships and cultural endeavors, the University of California, Irvine today publicly launches a $2 billion fundraising drive, the largest philanthropic effort in Orange County history.

Brilliant Future: The Campaign for UCI seeks to spur groundbreaking discoveries and transform the campus through private donations. It also strives to increase engagement with UCI’s alumni community by establishing connections with at least 75,000 former students by 2024.

“UCI’s mission is to change lives for the better, and a vital part of accomplishing that involves support from community partners, grateful patients, alumni and parents who share our vision,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman.

Chaired by UCI Foundation trustees Jimmy and Sheila Peterson, the campaign will focus on four overarching objectives: advancing the American dream for students, transforming healthcare and wellness, accelerating world-changing research and exploring the human experience.

“We’re excited to lead an effort that will have a transformative effect on the UCI campus, the region and, in fact, the world,” Sheila Peterson said.

Jimmy Peterson, who was CEO of Microsemi Corp. for 18 years, agreed, adding: “UCI’s academic and research prowess makes it one of the greatest resources on the planet. Its impact extends far beyond Orange County.”

Susan and Henry Samueli, whose record-breaking gift in 2017 created the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, are serving as honorary chairs for UCI Health in the campaign. About half of the $2 billion goal is earmarked for strengthening UCI’s healthcare enterprise, partly by expanding the college and clinical facilities.

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