Penn dental school receives $10M gift
September 29, 2015
— The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine announced Sept. 29 it received a $10 million gift to help renovate the school's Main Clinic and expand the Robert Schattner Center, creating a new meeting and reception space.
The donation, given by Dr. Robert I. Schattner, a member of the class of 1948, is the largest contribution from a living alumnus to the school.
"No one better understands the vital work of this hallowed school than someone who has been such a valued and respected member of the Penn Dental Medicine family for almost 70 years," said Penn President Amy Gutmann. "[Dr. Schattner's] generosity will be transformative and forever honored and remembered."
This the second major gift from Dr. Schattner, of Bethesda, Maryland. In 1997, he and his wife, Kay, gave $5.5 million for the construction of the school's Schattner Center and surrounding gardens. The center, dedicated in 2002, is home to several clinics and the Penn Dental Medicine Family Practice. It also constitutes the main entrance to the dental school.
The latest gift will help fund the renovation of the school's Main Clinic, a 11,520-square-foot clinical space. Main improvements include all new equipment and operatories in an individual bay design, new flooring and lighting, enhanced radiographic capabilities and the restoration of the grand wall of original, historic windows that line the north side of the clinic.
In addition, Dr. Schattner's gift will create a new indoor pavilion, built adjacent to the existing atrium of the Schattner Center, to create a new indoor space for public gatherings.
"With this gift, Dr. Schattner will not only expand his legacy, and Kay's, at Penn Dental Medicine, he will improve the educational experience of generations of future students of our school," said Dr. Denis Kinane, dental school dean.