UnitedHealth lawyer gives Boston College Law $10M

(Reuters] – Boston College Law School has been given a $10,000,000 donation from Marianne Short. Short is a former leader at Dorsey & Whitney.

The donation will endow the law school’s deanship. Diane Ring currently fills the interim role. Vince Rougeau was the College of the Holy Cross’ former dean. He had served a decade as president.

David Quigley, the provost, stated that Short’s gift will help Boston College hire top candidates in its search for a new president. In memory of the gift, this position has been renamed Marianne D. Short. Esq. Law School Deanship.

Short stated in a statement that the law schools have been a strong support system for students and provided them with broad preparation beyond just preparing for a specific job.

Short graduated from Boston College Law in 1975 and joined Dorsey & Whitney within the same year. She left in 1988 in order to be a Minnesota Court of Appeals judge, but she returned in 2000 as a partner. In 2007, she was made a global managing partner. She held this position until 2013 when she was appointed chief legal officer at UnitedHealth Group. She held that position until earlier in the year, when her responsibility was transferred to the company’s strategy enterprise initiatives.

Short and her spouse have already contributed funds to fund an assistant professorship at law school, as well as other initiatives at university. Officials claimed that Short is now law school’s biggest benefactor.