The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
“I am making this investment in the University of Pittsburgh for a number of reasons. As a graduate who personally benefited from my own studies at Pitt, I want to ensure that the University can continue to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality to its undergraduate and graduate students. As a citizen of Southwestern Pennsylvania, I want to help secure the future of one of this region’s most important institutions.”
– William S. Dietrich II
The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is a state-related research university with a student body of 35,000 undergraduates and graduate/doctoral candidates. Founded in 1787, Pitt is a world-renowned center of science, engineering, and medical research with consistent Top 10 national rankings for research grants to professors.
In recognition of Bill’s $125M announced gift in 2011 (i.e., the then-current estimate of the present value of future annual donations from his Foundation), Pitt renamed the University’s School of Arts and Sciences the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, in honor of his late father. The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences serves more than 10,000 undergraduate students pursing majors in the nearly 50 departments of the School. Annual distributions from The Dietrich Foundation have been directed to, among other things, fund scholarships and recruit world-class faculty, among other mission-related initiatives.