UCLA Establishes New Hellenic Studies Chair

UCLA has established a newly endowed chair in their Hellenic Studies Center after receiving an extraordinarily generous gift commitment from alumnus George Kolovos and his wife Tina.

Known as the George P. Kolovos Family Centennial Term Chair, the philanthropic gift is part of a larger $3 million campaign to raise external funds for the Center. The chair also helps to support a distinguished scholar at UCLA’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture.

Having graduated from UCLA with a MA in Engineering, George Kolovos previously worked at Hughes Aircraft for 32 years before becoming involved in local real estate investment.

UCLA benefactors George and Tina Kolovos. Photo courtesy of the UCLA Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture.

Longtime steadfast supporters of the arts in Los Angeles, the couple are also benefactors of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and the Society for the Revival of the Nemea Games. They also have an interest in archaeology and a range of artistic endeavors in Greece.

The Kovolos Chair was established in order to honor the family’s children and grandchildren and to commemorate the memory of George Kolovos’ parents, Panayiotis and Maria.

The Center at UCLA is known for its multidisciplinary research, programs and teaching aimed at Los Angeles area’s large and thriving Greek community.

Upon the announcement of the endowment, UCLA’s Dean of Humanities David Schaberg stated that the establishment of the George P. Kolovos Family Centennial Term Chair will have a long-term impact on the future of Hellenic studies at the university.