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UNH Gets $20M Gift - 2nd Largest In History - From 'Cosby Show' Producer

University of New Hampshire

Television producer Marcy Carsey has given $20 million to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.

It’s the second-largest gift in the school’s history.

Vice President for Advancement Debbie Dutton used the word transformative to describe Carsey’s $20 million donation.

“Anytime you have a gift large enough to create a new school, one gift, that is really phenomenal.”

That school will be the Carsey School for Public Policy.

Carsey graduated from UNH in 1966.

The Weymouth, Massachusetts native went on to produce TV hits like The Cosby Show and Roseanne.

She has given generously to the school in the past.

In 2002, she gave UNH $7.5 million, money used to create the Carsey Institute.

Dutton says the new school will expand upon the research being done at the institute.

“It will do things differently and more broadly. The Carsey Institute is somewhat focused around families and rural issues. And this school will look at everything.”

The university raised a record $36 million in its last fiscal year.  

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.
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