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University of Oregon will acquire the former Concordia University campus in Portland to house a children's health institute

March 4, 2022
Concordia University closed in 2020; it will soon house University of Oregon's Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavior Health.

The University of Oregon is planning to convert the former Concordia University campus in northeast Portland to an institute for children's health.  

The university's Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavior Health plans to partner with K-12 schools statewide, starting with Portland Public Schools, reports Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Concordia University closed in early 2020.

The university says the institute will bring together university research programs, public schools and community groups to create and deliver “intervention and treatment programs” for K-12 students.

Funding for the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health comes from a more than $425 million donation from Steve and Connie Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group Philanthropy. Steve Ballmer is a former CEO of Microsoft.

The Ballmer Institute will increase the university’s presence in Portland, joining programs like the School of Journalism and Communication’s Turnbull Center in downtown Portland.

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