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Millions Set Aside for Penn State Center for Research on Fraternities, Sororities Named for Pledge Who Died

Penn State University officials have pledged $2 million for creation of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform

What to Know

  • Penn State officials have pledged $2 million for creation of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research.
  • The center is named after Tim Piazza, a sophomore who died after falling during a night of heavy drinking in 2017.
  • University president Eric Barron said the center will allow "study of best practices and assessment in fraternity and sorority life."

Penn State is announcing plans for a national multidisciplinary research center on fraternities and sororities as part of an effort for change following the death of a fraternity pledge two years ago.

University officials pledged $2 million Tuesday for creation of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform, named after the student who died in 2017. Private support and university-matching funds are to provide an $8 million endowment.

University president Eric Barron said the center will allow "study of best practices and assessment in fraternity and sorority life" and provide leadership "to compel the collective change required." Officials said it will build on the legacy of the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research at Indiana University Bloomington, which is transferring to Penn State.

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