Frank McCourt donates $100 million to Georgetown
Former Boston developer Frank McCourt, who was widely criticized for his lavish lifestyle while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers into bankruptcy, is giving Georgetown University $100 million. The donation, first reported by The Washington Post, will be used to found a school of public policy bearing McCourt’s name. It’s the largest ever gift to the nation’s oldest Catholic university. McCourt, who tried and failed to buy the Red Sox before purchasing the Dodgers, said Georgetown is “in the right place at the right time to tackle some of these global issues.” According to the Post, the McCourt School of Public Policy will focus on analysis of massive data files emerging from government agencies and other sources, shedding light on education, health, poverty, and other subjects. McCourt’s father, two of his brothers, and one of his sons are all Georgetown alumni.