UCI receives $1 million gift from estate of former faculty member Christian Werner
April 12, 2017
- Pat Harriman and Heather Ashbach
A $1 million gift from the estate of Christian Werner, professor emeritus of geography and former dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, will support graduate student research and scholarship in social sciences.
Werner died in March 2016 at the age of 81, following a lifelong career in academia at UCI. He and his partner, Kathy Alberti, a longtime UCI staff member in the school’s graduate office, were ardent supporters of graduate education and student success. The donation will establish an endowment for fellowships to be awarded by the social sciences dean beginning this fall.
“Christian’s gift comes at an incredibly significant time at UC Irvine when we are growing graduate enrollment and transforming graduate education to serve the needs of society,” said Bill Maurer, social sciences dean and professor of anthropology and law. “His generosity will also carry forward the tireless efforts of Kathy, who for many years sat with pen, paper and spreadsheets, finding the best ways to ensure our graduate students could continue their studies without having to worry about funding.”