The University of Notre Dame is marking two major gifts. A $5.5 million donation from Robert and Mary Ellen Harris will support construction of a stadium for the school’s track and field teams. A $1 million gift from ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and his wife Lorraine will provide need-based financial assistance to students.
Robert Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Notre Dame. He is chief executive officer of New Jersey-based Harris FRC Corp. His career also includes positions with the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes for Health, and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown Medical Center.
The Harris Family Track and Field Stadium will be built on the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus.
The Vitales’ gift will fund the Dick Vitale Family Spirit Scholarship, which is a need-based fund specifically targeting students involved with Notre Dame spirit groups.