Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, has announced a $10 million gift from David and Barbara Roux for a new environmental studies center.
The Roux Center for the Environment will bring faculty from many academic disciplines together to encourage collaboration and creativity in the teaching of and scholarship on issues related to the environment. Preliminary plans for the center include classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and an auditorium in a building designed to meet LEED Platinum standards. Construction is expected to begin in May 2017, with the center expected to open during the fall semester of 2018.
A member of the college’s board of trustees, David Roux is a co-founder, senior director, and former CEO of Silver Lake Group, a technology investment firm. He also has served as chair and CEO of Liberate Technologies, as an executive vice president at Oracle Corporation, and as a senior vice president at Lotus Development. He currently chairs the board at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and serves on the board of the National Audubon Society. A graduate of Harvard College, Roux earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School and an MPhil at King’s College, Cambridge University. Barbara Roux earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Georgia and owns and operates St. Bride’s Farm in Upperville, Virginia, which breeds and trains American show jumpers.
"We have outstanding faculty and students in a variety of disciplines doing important work across a diverse set of problems related to the environment," said Bowdoin president Clayton S. Rose. "This new building, tentatively named the Roux Center for the Environment, will bring together scholars and students from across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It will create innovative opportunities for coordination and collaboration in research, teaching, and scholarship, and enable new and enhanced engagement with those involved in teaching, research, policy, practical uses, and stewardship of the environment locally, in the region, across America, and around the world."