The estate of Allison and Dorothy Rouse left George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School $50 million. Not surprisingly, it represents the largest gift ever received by the university. For a point of reference, a $30 million donation in 2016 renamed the law school after Justice Scalia. Finally, the donation will fund the hiring of 13 new faculty chairs.
The Antonin Scalia Law School has 51 full-time faculty members right now. Consequently, hiring 13 new chairs should significantly boost the school’s scholarly output and lower its student-faculty ratio. It certainly appears the school is on a roll right now. Perhaps that explains why some critics are questioning if conservative donations is tilting the school to the right.
With so many other schools tilting to the left, we believe this was a great strategic move by the school’s leadership. In fact, we fully expect other schools (graduate and undergraduate) employ similar strategies if the tilt to the left doesn’t subside.