August 2, 1988
On this day, Robert L. Payton was selected as the new director of the IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI and became the nation's first professor of philanthropic studies. He started in the position on September 1.
The IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI was a bold innovation to create a new field of intellectual study. Planning began in 1986 among university leaders and prominent thinkers about the role of philanthropy in American life. In 1987 the university established the Center and attracted the Fund Raising School from California to be an integral part of the Center, which was originally located in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.
A former United States ambassador, university president, and charitable-foundation director, Bob Payton brought a life-time's experience to leading the new Center on Philanthropy. In the following years, he started the building process of the Center's academic and research programs to where today it is the ultimate source for research on philanthropic giving around the world. He retired from the Center in 1993.
The Center is now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, an independent school of IUPUI, with unique undergraduate and graduate programs in philanthropic studies.
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