The USC Leventhal School of Accounting announced this week that they will be receiving a $15 million donation from investor and alumnus Harlan Helvey (’64, MBA ’71). His gift will renovate the School's 1920s-era building to "state-of-the-art collaborative learning spaces and new integrated distance learning classrooms," per the University's website. The building will be also be renamed the "Harlan A. Helvey Hall" in his honor.
“Harlan’s extraordinary generosity dramatically expands the opportunities we can offer our students, faculty and wider community,” said James Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, in a statement. “His vision will have a positive impact on business and accounting leaders for generations to come.”
“Over the years USC Leventhal has provided an exceptionally strong accounting education to generations of students,” stated William Holder, dean of USC Leventhal. “This magnificent gift enables us to develop a technologically advanced and sustainable physical facility, thereby allowing Leventhal to provide a truly elite educational experience.”
Helvey earned a BS in accounting from USC in 1964, eventually becoming a CPA and real estate investor. A member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, Helvey went on to earn his MBA with an emphasis in accounting from the business school in 1971.
“I have been fortunate to be able to give back to the USC accounting school something of value, hopefully comparable to the value the accounting school gave to me,” Helvey said in a statement.
Helvey’s gift supports the Campaign for the University of Southern California, a multiyear effort that seeks to raise $6 billion or more in private philanthropy in order to further USC’s academic priorities and expand its impact on the world. The campaign has raised more than $4.8 billion in the four years since its launch.
For more on Helvey's donation, head to USC'ssite here.