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GW President Emeritus Leaves $1.15 Million to the Elliott School of International Affairs

Gift Establishes Strategic Initiatives Fund to Support Global Issues
March 28, 2014

Maralee Csellar

WASHINGTON—The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs has received a $1.15 million bequest from The Lloyd H. and Evelyn E. Elliott Charitable Remainder Trust. Lloyd Elliott was president of GW from 1965 to 1988. Dr. Elliott and his wife Evelyn (Betty) are the namesakes of the Elliott School.
“For more than two decades, Lloyd Elliott led this university with a grace, thoughtfulness, and strategic acumen that laid the groundwork for everything his successors have achieved,” said GW President Steven Knapp.  “This final and extraordinarily generous gift is one more expression of the dedication to GW that he and his wife Betty brought to their engagement with GW over so many years.”
The gift establishes an endowment named the Elliott School Strategic Initiatives Fund. Funds from the endowment will be used to support priority programs of the school and to launch new initiatives on emerging global issues. This new endowment will be open to additional contributions from any donor at any level.
 “Lloyd and Betty were actively engaged in the life of the school that bears their name. This gift is a testament to their commitment to the school’s important work,” said Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School. “This new endowment will enhance the school’s academic programs and global impact in perpetuity. It is a tremendous step forward for GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.”
As vital members of the GW community for more than four decades, Dr. and Mrs. Elliott made multidimensional contributions to the university’s institutional development. Dr. Elliott served as honorary chair of the Elliott School’s senior advisory group—originally known as the International Council and now the Board of Advisors—for more than a decade. In 1999, the Elliotts established the Evelyn E. and Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, which supports a professorship at the Elliott School and other important school programs. Mrs. Elliott passed away in 2009; Dr. Elliott died in 2013.
“My parents were devoted to GW, and to the Elliott School in particular,” said Patricia Kauffman, the Elliotts’ daughter and member of the school’s Board of Advisors. “They believed in the important mission of the school—to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to manage global challenges.”
GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy magazine, the Elliott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the United States for international affairs by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey. In 2014, the school became home to the illustrious international affairs journal, The Washington Quarterly.