The USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a special reception on Feb. 1 at Town & Gown to honor David Dollinger ’87, who recently gave $10 million to the school’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree program.
Dollinger received his MRED degree from USC in 1987, making him a member of the program’s inaugural graduating class. He currently is principal of Dollinger Properties, a family-owned business focused on the acquisition and development of multitenant industrial and retail properties for long-term ownership. In this role, he is responsible for more than 60 premier properties across California, representing more than 4 million square feet of retail and research and development space.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, along with his wife, Niki, were among the evening’s attendees, which also included senior university administrators and USC Price faculty, alumni and staff.
During his remarks, Nikias highlighted how USC’s distinguished real estate development program “will forever feature the name of one of its most visionary alumni.”
Added USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott, “David has not only helped secure the continued success of our graduate real estate program, but he has made a significant investment to help advance opportunities for our students — better preparing them to be the innovators and industry leaders of tomorrow.”
Dollinger also gave a brief address during the reception, speaking on his decision to invest in USC Price’s master of real estate development program, and he noted how valuable his degree has been in advancing his professional career.
In addition, funds from the endowment will be used to strengthen the program’s current curriculum, as well as to support key investments, including the recruitment of additional adjunct faculty, professional development opportunities for students and alumni activities to further engage MRED graduates.