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College Receives Largest Gift in Its History

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Last month, Dartmouth received the largest gift commitment in its history—$50 million from an anonymous family. The extraordinary gift will enable the College to move forward with plans for the Visual Arts Center.

Visual Arts Center rendering

A $50 million gift from an anonymous Dartmouth family will enable the College to move forward with the Visual Arts Center. Breaking ground in 2010, the building will form an arts district and new gateway to the campus on Lebanon Street. (Machado and Silvetti Associates)

Located on Lebanon Street adjacent to the Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum of Art, the center will break ground in 2010. It will serve as an intellectual and cultural hub for the Dartmouth community, revitalizing the arts precinct on the south edge of campus.

“This is a spectacular gift from a family that has given long service to Dartmouth,” said President Emeritus James Wright. “Arts are at the heart of a liberal arts education and have always been vital to the Dartmouth experience, empowering students to think creatively, challenge assumptions, and wrestle with demanding, and often unfamiliar, media. We are honored by this act of generosity which is a formidable endorsement of Dartmouth’s purpose, capacity for excellence, and future promise.”

Jim and Susan Wright

President Emeritus James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright at Commencement 2009, where both received honorary degrees. Donors gave $15.5 million in honor of the Wrights to support students and faculty. Click here to learn more. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The month of June saw additional major gifts to the College. Fund-raising efforts led by the executive committee of the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience resulted in gifts totaling $15.5 million in honor of President Emeritus James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright.

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: The Class of 2009 set a new record with 96 percent of the class contributing to the Senior Class Gift Program.
The funds will establish the James and Susan DeBevoise Wright Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates, with $8 million in commitments funding 16 students. A $1 million fund in the Wrights’ names was also established for students at Dartmouth Medical School, $2.3 million was added to established family scholarship funds at the Tuck School of Business and the College, and $1.2 million was contributed to the Dartmouth College Fund and the Parents Fund.

A $3 million gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation will establish the James Wright Professorship, a new faculty chair for an outstanding scholar-teacher whose area of scholarship transcends normal academic boundaries and has the potential to influence intellectual life across the College in the arts and sciences.

Fritz '64 and Glenda Corrigan
Glenda (right) and Fritz Corrigan ‘64 gave $5.6 million to support the Rockefeller Center. (Courtesy Kent Pettit)

Additionally, through a $5.6 million gift from Glenda and Fritz Corrigan ’64 and their family, Dartmouth will undertake a major initiative in undergraduate leadership education. The Corrigan family gift is a spendable 20-year commitment to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the College’s interdisciplinary center for social science and public policy.

Last Updated: 1/12/10