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Medical School Deanship Endowed

Gift to Fund Dean's Position for the Medical School at UC Riverside

Property valued at $3.5 million will endow a chair that will fund the deanship at the UCR Medical School, which was approved earlier this week by UC Regents.

(November 17, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - - University of California, Riverside Chancellor France Córdova announced Friday the largest chair endowment in campus history for the founding dean of its proposed School of Medicine.

Mark and Pam Rubin of Beverly Hills have designated the proceeds from a real estate gift they made earlier to the university be used to endow the chair. Campus officials estimate that this will mean at least $3.5 million for the chair when the property is sold.

“We very much appreciate the generosity of Mark and Pam Rubin,” said Córdova. “This gift will position us to recruit a superb founding dean who will lead in building a quality public medical school for the Inland Empire.”

UC Regents Thursday gave their first approval for UCR’s medical school, authorizing the hiring of a founding dean and initial faculty, establishment of rotations and residencies in area hospitals, and development of curriculum and final business plans. The final proposal is expected to be submitted for various approvals within the coming year.

Mark Rubin is a long-time Riverside area commercial and residential property developer, through his company, Regional Properties.

“It’s important for the Inland Empire to have a medical school,” he said to explain why he and his wife made the gift. “It is more important than having our name on a building.”

Pam Rubin said: “The community has been so good to us. It’s our way of saying thank you to the kind people we know in the community. We are very excited about being able to help to create the medical school.”

UCR’s first chair in biomedical sciences, announced in 1996, is named for Salma Haider, wife of Thomas Haider, for whom the UCR Program in Biomedical Sciences is named. The program currently offers the first two years of medical school at UCR before students transfer to UCLA for their final two years.

In September, William and Toby Austin created a charitable trust to finance 10 chairs in the School of Medicine with their half of the proceeds from property owned jointly with Bart Singletary. The total value of the property then was estimated at $15.5 million, but it since has sold for $16.5 million.

Two additional chairs at the million dollar level have been given recently to UCR for medical research and training by anonymous donors.

Previously, the largest endowment for a chair at UCR was the $1.95 million donated by Rupert and Jeannette Costo to create the Costo Chair of American Indian Affairs.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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