Rice University gets $32 million gift to expand housing
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Houston natives Deedee and Burt McMurtry have pledged $32 million to Rice University as part of a plan to help the school expand its undergraduate residence program.
The university will use a portion of the McMurtrys’ gift to create a long-term fund to support Rice’s 50-year-old residential college system, which Burt McMurtry played a role in planning while he was a student a Rice.
That housing system assigns all undergraduate students to one of nine residential colleges, each with its own dormitory, dining hall and common areas.