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Howard Gittis

HOWARD GITTIS L’58, a long-time supporter of Penn Law, has made a $5 million gift to enrich the school’s endowment. In recognition of the gift, a new building with faculty offices, student lounges and classrooms will be named Gittis Hall at a ribbon cutting ceremony this spring.

"No one embodies the virtues of Penn Law more than Howard Gittis," Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts said in announcing the gift. "Howard has applied the analytical skills he learned here, and his unparalleled acumen as a counselor to many, to become a leader in the world of business. He has made a determined effort to improve the quality of education at this institution, so that succeeding generations can follow his lead."

Gittis, vice-chairman and chief administrative officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., has a long history of supporting Penn Law School and the University, not to mention many important philanthropic causes. In 1991, Gittis funded a new facility for the Law School’s clinical education programs, now known as the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies.

In addition to his law degree, Gittis holds a B.S. in Economics from the University. He is a member of the Law School’s board of overseers. Gittis is currently serving as chairman of the board of trustees of Temple University, where he recently established the Ronald O. Perelman Professorship in Entrepreneurial Finance at the Fox School of Business and Management.
Perelman is chairman and chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes.

 
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