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Penn President Amy Gutmann announced this week that University Trustee and Making History Campaign co-chairs Robert Levy and Diane Levy have made a $5 million gift for faculty support.

The Diane S. and Robert M. Levy University Professorship will go toward the Penn Integrates Knowledge initiative, which recruits scholars from around the world.

PIK professors are always hired with joint appointments between two schools — the Levy professor will hold an appointment at Wharton and another department to encourage interdisciplinary study.

Ten PIK University Professors have been appointed through the Making History campaign, which to date has raised $415 million for the university.

“Diane and I chose to make this gift because we believe that education is critical to addressing major world issues,” Levy said in a Penn press release, “and the complexity of these issues requires the kind of interdisciplinary research and teaching that the PIK professors have come to signify. We are thrilled to help bring yet another exceptionally effective scholar to Wharton and to Penn.”

Robert Levy earned an M.B.A. from Wharton in 1974.

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