Bren Fellows Program created

July 18, 1989 Donald Bren Endowment (then called Bren Fellows Program) created

In an effort to launch UCI as one of best research universities in the United States, Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren donated a total of $2.5 million to create the Bren Fellows Program in 1989. Francisco J. Ayala was named the first Bren Fellow and director of the program.