Philanthropist and publisher Sara Miller McCune and her Sage Publications has donated $500,000 to UCSB to establish an endowed chair for the dean of the school’s social sciences department, Melvin Oliver, a member of the McCune Foundation’s board of directors. The money will enable Oliver, a sociology professor, to pursue research and instruction. “Dean Oliver adds so much value to our community that we consider it a privilege to support UCSB in establishing this named chair,” said McCune, who has, in partnership with her publication corporation, been a longtime campus benefactor and a trustee of the UCSB Foundation. In thanks for her generous gift, UCSB has named the leadership position the Sage Sara Miller McCune Dean of Science.
In a press statement, Oliver said he was most grateful to McCune’s donation. “Sara Miller McCune and Sage together have played an extraordinary role in the publication and dissemination of social science research around the world. We will continue to support a social science that is innovative and speaks of the major challenges facing humanity.” UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang expressed his thanks in a press statement, “I am absolutely delighted to express my deep gratitude to Sara Miller McCune for establishing an endowed chair for our dean of social sciences. The endowment for our dean of social sciences is an important legacy for UCSB and will enable us to recognize a top scholar and leader in this position.”