From the very beginning, support from visionary friends and alumni have been the backbone of UCI, and their ongoing generosity has enabled the university to rise into the ranks of the world's best research institutions.
Every time a student receives a scholarship, a graduate student wins a fellowship, or a faculty member is admitted to a prestigious society - it's likely due to support from an unsung hero like UCI Foundation trustee and alumnus Gary Singer, Esq. '74.
Gary's initial interest in giving to UCI stemmed from mentors who were extremely supportive of higher education and he wanted to pay it forward, too. As a strong believer in education, as well as a proud Anteater, he felt it was important to give back to his alma mater. Because Irvine is in his backyard, the convenience made it an easy decision.
When he returned to UCI as a member of the Chancellor's Club, Gary felt like a kid in a candy shop.
The opportunities for involvement at UCI were limitless. He became involved in a broad range of areas such as law, art, athletics, theater and more. He discovered that a gift in support of higher education allowed him to multiply his impact by touching several different areas at once.
Beyond monetary contributions, Gary also gives his time and expertise. He volunteers as a member of the UCI Law Dean's Advisory Council, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and UCI Foundation Board of Trustees. Gary and his wife, Melanie, also established the Singer Family Scholarship that supports student athletes from the School of Social Sciences. He believes that mentoring students, volunteering on boards and creating internship opportunities are incredibly fulfilling ways to give back.
Gary's long-term commitment to UCI is an example of a profound investment in cutting-edge research, world-class innovators and life-changing opportunities.
In the last 50 years, UCI soared in the rankings, established a top teaching hospital and NCI comprehensive cancer center, launched a new law school and boasts three Nobel Prize winning faculty members. It is clear that UCI is thriving because of wonderful volunteers like Gary.