Maggie Little, Kennedy Institute of Ethics director

NOVEMBER 18, 2014 – A $3.6 MILLION GIFT from an alumna will fund a faculty chair in ethics and expand Georgetown’s Ethics Lab, an innovative class environment that has students engaging with ethical issues based on real-world dilemmas with complex outcomes.

Ethics Lab is the flagship initiative of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE), one of the oldest and foremost academic ethics centers in the world. KIE is built around a world-class faculty team that focuses on some of the most difficult issues of the 21st century. 

Kathleen "Kathy" McNamara Hugin, a 1982 graduate of Georgetown College from Summit, New Jersey, made the generous gift to the institute with her husband, Robert.

She has served in a number of volunteer leadership roles at the university, including the board of regents, and is part of a multigenerational Georgetown family. The Hugins made the gift in memory of Kathy Hugin’s father, Francis J. McNamara, Jr., who graduated from the College in 1949 and the Law Center in 1951.