Fund our future home and be a part of the future of policy leadership.

Thanks to vision and generosity of University Trustee Dennis J. Keller, MBA’68, co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group, Harris Public Policy has broken ground on a new campus home, The Keller Center, named in recognition of the family's $20 million gift. 

A Leading Destination

This larger, updated facility will position Harris Public Policy as the leading intellectual destination for the study of public policy and the training of future policy leaders. The school’s proposed new home is an imaginative redesign of the New Graduate Residence Hall at 1307 East 60th Street, a 1962 building designed by Edward Durell Stone. An emphasis on light-filled, open spaces that visually connect inside activity to the outside world mirrors Harris' emergent culture of confident leadership, intellectual curiosity, and global engagement.

The completed facility will greatly expand the school’s current structure, permitting substantial growth in student enrollment and faculty, including postdoctoral students, fellows, and visiting speakers. A four-story atrium, the Forum, will be the building’s focal point. All floors will look out onto this public space that encourages the formal and informal exchange of ideas. Facilities will also include a state-of-the-art classroom, space for students to work in groups or study quietly, and a variety of gathering places such as a café and rooftop executive suite with sweeping views of the Midway and University of Chicago campus.

Fund Our Future 

The facility is currently scheduled for occupancy in the 2018–2019 academic year. Though construction is underway, naming opportunities at the Keller Center are still available for donors who wish to make Harris' vision for its future home possible.  

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To education entrepreneur Dennis Keller, Harris Public Policy is an "underburnished jewel." With his landmark $20 million gift to the school, he's helping it shine in a new home.
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