April 13, 1999
Volume 45
Number 28

Lindback Awards 1999

Lindback Reception: April 22

All members of the University are invited to a reception Thursday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m., when Provost Robert Barchi will present this year's eight Lindback Awards and the Provost's Award.

The party's location: the new Veranda at 3615 Locust Walk.

Click on recipients' photographs for their profiles

... in the Non-Health Schools

 A $12 Million Gift: Improving Gimbel Gym

David S. Pottruck, a trustee and alumnus who is president and co-CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, has made a $12 million gift to the University--$2 million of it to Wharton's Jon M. Huntsman Hall construction, and $10 million to establish the David S. Pottruck Health and Fitness Center at Gimbel Gym.

The gym project, which will include renovation of existing space as well as new construction, is expected to begin this summer and will take two years to complete.

Mr. Pottruck, C '70, MBA '72, also established the David S. Pottruck Scholarship Fund at Penn, and has long been a major donor to the Wharton School and to Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Noting that the renovation and expansion of Gimbel Gymnasium as the base for self-directed recreational activities is among Penn's highest priorities in the Agenda for Excellence, President Judith Rodin said "We are enormously grateful for this generous affirmation of support from someone who knows us so well and has demonstrated his commitment in so many meaningful ways with his time, his energy and his vision." Added thanks came from Wharton's Dean Thomas Gerrity, and from DRIA Director Steve Bilsky, who said, "This gift allows us to address the critical needs of our students, faculty and the staff for indoor recreational space. It also will create a vibrant hub of social activity in the Gym and its surroundings."

Mr. Pottruck was a versatile student-athlete who won both the Pennsylvania Football Club Award and the Chuck Bednarik Wrestling MVP Award. He was also inducted to the Hall of Outstanding Americans of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, recognizing former wrestlers who have earned national and international acclaim in their professional lives.

Mr. Pottruck joined the Schwab firm in 1984 and became president and CEO of its Charles Schwab & Co. unit four years later. In announcing his 1997 promotion to his present post as the Corporation's co-CEO, with Founder Charles Schwab, the firm said revenues have trebled under Mr. Pottruck's leadership, and customer assets rose from $66 billion to $340 billion.

 ... and in the Health Schools

Provost's Award

Crime Report

Penn's annual statistical report on crime and safety is due in print April 20 but will be posted immediately on release at www.upenn.edu/almanac

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 28, April 13, 1999