Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus Barry MacLean in support of an expansion of its Thayer School of Engineering.
The largest gift in the school’s 149-year history includes $15 million for design and construction of a new engineering building and a $10 million challenge grant to create endowed professorships at the school. The goal of the expansion, according to the school, is to provide every Dartmouth undergrad with the opportunity to explore technology and prepare them to lead in a rapidly changing global environment. In the past fifteen years, Dartmouth has nearly doubled the number of students who graduate with an AB or bachelor of engineering degree.
With the gift, part of a $200 million fundraising campaign for the project chaired by MacLean, the school plans to build a 180,000-square-foot building, nearly doubling its current floor space, and provide more opportunities for experiential learning and entrepreneurship for both graduate and undergraduate students. The project also is expected to generate more research opportunities for students and enable the school to compete for larger research grants.
MacLean, chair and CEO of MacLean-Fogg, an Illinois-based manufacturing company with more than thirty-five locations worldwide, is the father of three Dartmouth alumni — Margaret MacLean ’87; Duncan MacLean ’94, Thayer ’95, Thayer master of engineering management ’96; and Gillian MacLean Growdon ’95.
"This inspiring gift to launch Thayer’s expansion is another powerful example of Barry’s commitment to our students, our faculty, and the entire institution," said Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon. "Through his example, I take great confidence that the exceptional experiential learning opportunities offered by Thayer today may soon be available to all Dartmouth students, instilling in them the skills and wisdom to lead with impact."