Marquette University receives $5 million gift for mental health center

Special to The Freeman

Jan. 29, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences announced Thursday it received a gift of $5 million to establish the Charles E. Kubly Mental Health Research Center.

The donation was made by Michael and Billie Kubly, the founders of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, a public charity devoted to improving the lives of those affected by depression. The charitable foundation is named in honor of the couple’s son, Charles, who took his own life after a long battle with depression, according to a news release.

“When it comes to funding this mental health research center, it’s important that it’s a personal donation,” Billie Kubly said in a statement. “We have an opportunity to draw attention to the need for research and to help remove the stigma that can be a barrier to charitable gifts.”

In addition to establishing the new center, the $5 million gift will provide for an endowed senior professorship, funding for additional faculty and funding for cutting-edge cellular and molecular research methodologies. Ultimately, the goal is to raise a total of $10 million to support the new center, according to the university.