San Francisco State University. (Mike Koozmn/S.F. Examiner file photo)

SFSU’s largest-ever donation to benefit school’s liberal arts programs

San Francisco State University has received the largest donation — more than $25 million — in its history and it will go toward supporting liberal arts, university officials announced today.

The donation of $25 million came from SFSU alumni George and Judy Marcus after a recent $1.8 million athletics scholarship fund from the couple, according to the university.

The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will support students and faculty in liberal and creative art programs at the school and make enhancements in its Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity and ongoing service and commitment to San Francisco State University,” school president Leslie Wong said in a statement. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs.”

George Marcus graduated in 1965 from SFSU with a bachelor’s degree in economics, while Judy Otten Marcus graduated from the school in 1962 with a degree in recreation.

George Marcus is the co-founder of the real estate company Marcus & Millichap and has served on the California State University Board of Trustees and the University of California Board of Regents.

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