The L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, named in honor of Sam Skaggs, opened in April 2012. The College of Pharmacy badly needed a central space where faculty, students, and staff can engage in the creative and collaborative research that leads to developing drugs for people worldwide.
In 1964, L. S. "Sam" Skaggs provided crucial funding for construction of the building that has housed the College of Pharmacy for almost 50 years—L. S. Skaggs Sr. Hall. Named in honor of Mr. Skaggs' father, the facility provided top-tier lab and classroom space when the College needed a home and room to grow.
As he did in the 1960s, Mr. Skaggs, and charitable entities he created, including The ALSAM Foundation, stepped forward with more than $60 million to help build a research and teaching facility equal to the world-class program it houses.
The tradition of giving that Mr. Skaggs began in the 1960s lives today in the L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute and L. S. Skaggs Sr. Hall. Adjoining one another, the two buildings are a lasting tribute to a father and son, past and present, and a legacy of generosity that has positioned the College of Pharmacy for a bright and exciting future of "bringing new medicines to life."
From the spacious and welcoming atrium, to the main hallway and wide-open laboratories, the 150,000-square-foot translational research center in the L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute is designed to foster collaboration and creativity among scientists, students and staff with one primary goal: making groundbreaking discoveries that bring new medications to people worldwide. Once scattered in eight buildings across campus, faculty and students now can gather in one physical location to conduct interdisciplinary research, exchange ideas and engage in the spontaneous interactions that move science forward. This $75 million-plus, world-class facility will help the College of Pharmacy to continue to recruit the best faculty and students and ensure that the school keeps its place among the nation's top programs.
During the Together We Reachcampaign funding was secured for an additional Endowed Chair in the College of Pharmacy. Also, new scholarship endowments were funded and numerous others were funded annually. Participation in the number of donors increased by 115%.