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UNH grad donates $20 million to create public policy center

DURHAM — Emmy-winning television producer Marcy Carsey, Class of 1966, has made a gift of $20 million to the University of New Hampshire to support the creation of the new Carsey School for Public Policy.

The gift marked the second-largest donation in the university's history.

"It is crucial that we prepare leaders for the governmental, private and nonprofit sectors who can translate rigorous research into effective policies and practices to solve the complex issues of our world," said Carsey, a cum laude graduate in English literature from UNH

The Carsey School will be distinguished from other public policy schools in that faculty and students will not work within a single discipline, such as political science or public administration. Its work will involve sociologists and environmental scientists, health care experts and economists, demographers and foresters. It will train future leaders, both in the United States and around the world, to use research to solve problems. A national search for the school's first director will begin soon.

Carsey's gift comes on the heels of the largest fundraising year in the university's history. The UNH Foundation raised $35.8 million in fiscal year 2013, beating the previous record of $29.9 million in 2002.

The gift builds on Carsey's May 2002 gift of $7.5 million that established the Carsey Institute at UNH. The Carsey Institute conducts national and regional policy research on vulnerable children, youth and families and on sustainable community development and provides policy makers and practitioners timely, independent resources needed to effect change in their communities.

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