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PSU grad gifts $30M to communications program, which now carries his name

Television stalwart and Penn State graduate Donald P. Bellisario has made a $30 million endowment to the College of Communications. (Photo: Penn State University)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Television stalwart and Penn State graduate Donald P. Bellisario has made a $30 million endowment to the College of Communications.

In appreciation of the gift, Penn State officials have renamed the College of Communications to the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

The $30 million gift, which is one of the five largest ever made in the university's history, has allowed officials to start planning to build a new media center that will also hold Bellisario's namesake.

The new center will host state-of-the-art television studios, growing digital media agencies, student-media operations and space for film and video creation.

"Through this historic gift, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications will have the resources to support future media pioneers as they pursue the same innovation, excellence and integrity that have characterized Don's own career," said Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

Bellisario, who created television shows "Magnum P.I.," "JAG," "Airwolf," "Quantum Leap" and "NCIS," graduated from Penn State in 1961, and he and his wife endowed the Donald P. Bellisario Trustee Scholarship in 2006 with a $1 million commitment.


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