Princeton University alumni Nancy Peretsman and Robert Scully of New York City of have donated $20 million to the University to name the psychology building under construction on the south edge of the campus.
Peretsman-Scully Hall is part of a two-building, 248,000-square-foot complex south of Icahn Laboratory and west of Washington Road that also houses the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Designed by José Rafael Moneo Vallés Arquitecto of Madrid, the three-year project is expected to be completed in spring 2013.
The new complex will feature research facilities, meeting rooms, faculty offices and instructional space.
"Thanks to Nancy and Bob's extraordinary generosity, our pioneering faculty in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute will have an opportunity to work in close proximity, yielding new scope for scholarly collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas," University President Shirley Tilghman said.
Peretsman is a University trustee and was co-chair of Aspire capital campaign. She earned an A.B. in the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1976 and a master's degree in public policy and management from Yale University. She is a managing director at Allen & Co., an investment banking firm in New York City. She founded and chaired the University's Women in Leadership initiative and is a member of its advisory committee. She also served as chair of the New York City region during the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton in 1995-2000. She is on the boards of Teach for America and the Institute for Advanced Study.
"It is a privilege for us to support the work of Princeton's distinguished researchers and faculty members, and to contribute to the campaign's goal of strengthening the University's position at the forefront of this critical field," said Peretsman, who is in her 21st year as a trustee.
Scully earned an A.B. in psychology from Princeton in 1972 and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he serves as a member of its board of dean's advisors. He retired in 2009 from Morgan Stanley after 35 years in the financial services industry and is a member of the board of directors of Bank of America Corp. and KKR & Co. He also co-chairs the New York advisory board of Teach for America.
The couple's daughter, Emma Scully, graduated in Princeton's Class of 2012.
The complex also has received funding from a consortium of dedicated alumni, including James McDonnell III '58, John McDonnell '60 and G '62 graduate, Dennis Keller '63 and his wife, Constance Templeton Keller and two others who wish to remain anonymous.