Announcing the Cadigan Gift
Claremont Graduate University has received a $42 million philanthropic commitment from a foundation established by alumnus Patrick F. Cadigan for a new building that will become the home of the School of Arts & Humanities and a nexus for entrepreneurial business faculty and students.
Cadigan, an Orange County real estate investor and former tech CEO, earned his master’s degree (1978) and PhD in executive management (1980) while studying under the legendary Peter Drucker.
“Dad felt a strong personal responsibility to give back to the schools that contributed to the man he became and to the high level of success he achieved,” said Maria Cadigan about her father, who passed away in April 2020. “He considered it a great blessing to live in a country like ours and have the privileged opportunity to enjoy a level of education like CGU offers.”
The new building will be located on a two-acre vacant lot due north of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. See drone footage of the proposed site of the Cadigan building below.
The space offers a blank canvas—“a tremendous opportunity for CGU to build something whose form and function inspire innovation and entrepreneurship,” said University President Len Jessup in an announcement sent to the CGU community. “The working name in our master plan for the two-acre lot is the Da Vinci Project. That sets a high bar for what we want to accomplish, and thanks to Mr. Cadigan, that goal is within our reach.”