In honor of Glenn Korff's $8 million donation, the school will be named the Glenn Korff School of Music, pending approval by the NU Board of Regents.
Lincoln, NE For generations to come, students and faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music will benefit from an $8 million gift from UNL alumnus Glenn Korff to the University of Nebraska Foundation.
The gift creates a permanently endowed fund to provide annual support for students, faculty and programs within the school, which is part of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
In honor of Korff's generosity, the school will be named the Glenn Korff School of Music, pending approval by the NU Board of Regents.
"We will be proud to link in perpetuity the name of Glenn Korff with our School of Music and the outstanding programs and performances it provides,” UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said.
Each year, 25 percent of the expendable income from the endowed fund will support undergraduate and graduate students within the school through scholarships, fellowships, international engagement activities and grants for opportunities to hone their skills.
Another 25 percent will support the school's faculty through awards to support teaching initiatives, scholarly research, creative activities, professional travel and more.
The remaining 50 percent of the fund's annual support will be directed to the school's academic and program activities, which may include support for concerts, recitals, tours, competitions, academic conferences and more.
"I am grateful to be able to make this gift to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music," Korff said.
"I feel it will be beneficial for musical presentations, dance and the performing arts, including the 'Pride of All Nebraska,' the Cornhusker Marching Band. I am honored to be able to make this contribution in order to provide future programs that will enlighten and entertain families and generations of Nebraskans for years to come," said Korff.
"Glenn Korff's most kind and generous contribution certainly elevates the School of Music to a new level and ensures it will forever have available support through the Glenn Korff School of Music Endowed Fund for its most important resources: its students and outstanding instructors," said Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation.
A native of Hebron, Korff,now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1965 with a chemistry major and was a member and former president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
His passion for performing arts began on the university campus as a member of Kosmet Klub, a male musical and comedy ensemble, in which he was a set designer.
He received an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and enjoyed a long career in the area of finance and investments, retiring from Goldman Sachs.
Over the years, Korff expressed gratitude for the education received at the university by giving of his time through various volunteer positions as trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation.
He and his family also supported the university through gifts to create the Paul W. and Esther L. Korff Family Fund and the Richard D. Brenning Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Korff and his brother, Ken Korff, also made a recent gift to support the UNL College of Business Administration's new building initiative with a gift to name an auditorium in honor of their father, Paul Korff.
The School of Music has an enrollment of more than 430 undergraduate and graduate students with programs in music, music education and dance.