Gifts totaling $35 million from a prominent University of Notre Dame alum will fund an academic building near Notre Dame Stadium and endow the head football coaching position. Richard Corbett is a former financial manager for the Kennedy family and currently serves as chief executive officer of Florida-based Concorde Companies. Construction on the 280,000 square-foot Corbett Family Hall began in November and is set to wrap up in August 2017. It will house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology as well as a digital media center. $25 million of of Corbett's gift will underwrite the construction of the building.
The digital media center will support faith-based, athletic, performance and academic programming. It will include audio/video control rooms, editing studios and a teaching studio.
A $10 million gift will establish the coaching endowment. Current coach Brian Kelly will be the first Corbett Family Head Football Coach. He has led the Irish to 45 wins over his first five years. The position is the third at Notre Dame to be endowed, following the head women's basketball coaching position in February and the men's lacrosse coach in May.
Corbett earned his bachelor's degree in history from Notre Dame and a master's in business administration from Harvard University. He worked on the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy and in the White House, as well as on the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy.
This is not Corbett's first gift to Notre Dame. He provided a matching gift in 2010 in honor of the 50th reunion of the univeristy's class of 1960.