The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus Cornelius B. Prior, Jr. ('56) to support the construction of an arts building on campus.
The largest gift in the college's history will be used to build a new performance facility, enhancing the experience of the fine and performing arts for all students. The gift was awarded as part of Holy Cross's new capital campaign, which aims to support various strategic initiatives of the college.
Prior, board chair of the telecommunications services company Atlantic Tele-Network, has made a number of gifts to the school during his lifetime. In 1998 he gave $5 million to establish three professorships in the humanities, and in 2006 — fifty years after he graduated from the school — he donated an additional $5 million to expand the professorships.
"My father graduated from Holy Cross in 1923 and from Yale Law School in 1926," said Prior. "He was an inspiration for my own experience studying music, theatre, and the fine arts at Holy Cross in the 1950s. Holy Cross and its professors offer students an extraordinary education — I believe there is none finer in the United States. My hope is that this gift creates a visible and integrated way for my grandson Benjamin Ritter, a freshman at Holy Cross today, and for all Holy Cross students, to experience the arts during their four years here."