Conrad Prebys and Ann and Joel Reed donated a total of $ 1 million to create the first two endowed chairs in UC San Diego’s highly regarded music department.
Composer Rand Steiger will hold the Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair in Music and percussionist and conductor Steven Schick will hold the Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music.
“I am honored and extremely proud to be associated with Mr. Prebys, who has been such a generous and visionary leader in our community with his unprecedented philanthropy in support of culture, education and medicine,” said Steiger, president of the music department, said in a statement. “With the music center and the concert hall that he named, he has already offered us an extraordinary home which inspires us on a daily basis and allows us to share our work with the public in the most ideal conditions. This chair will also inspire me to steer my work in new directions, while providing crucial support to our graduate students.
Prebys had previously donated $ 6 million to build the Conrad Prebys Music Center and an additional $ 3 million for an endowment for the department. His donation of $ 500,000 for the presidential chair was matched by the university, as was the Reeds donation of $ 500,000. The Reeds had previously donated $ 350,000 for the endowment of the Reed Percussion Faculty.
The two chairs in the music department were created as part of a program by UC President Janet Napolitano to increase the number of endowed chairs across the UC system. Each campus received $ 4 million as an incentive to create eight new endowed chairs. At UC San Diego, two of those eight awards went to the music department after successfully convincing Prebys and the Reeds to each endow a chair.
“The establishment of the Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair in Music is a testament to the value I place on the long-term sustainability of UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities and the accomplishments of faculty,” said Prebys in a press release. “Endowed chairs are essential in attracting and retaining exceptional academics. “