The largest gift in the college's seventy-four-year history includes an outright award of $5 million and a $2.5 million match and will support renovations of the Marieb Building, the college's main science facility, as part of a multiphase expansion of the recently opened Center for Life Sciences.
Marieb, who died in 2018, was a longtime HCC faculty member, alumna, and textbook writer. Her previous support for the college includes $1 million for construction of its Center for Health Education & Simulation and Center for Life Sciences. In addition, the Marieb Foundation made a $1 million legacy gift in 2019 in support of programs that benefit non-traditional students, with a focus on women. Described as "the Stephen King of anatomy and physiology," Marieb wrote or co-authored more than ten best-selling textbooks and laboratory manuals.
"We are honored and incredibly grateful for the Marieb Foundation's generous and unprecedented gift," said HCC president Christina Royal. "This will support HCC's continued investment in high-demand, high-wage fields in STEM and health care and help us provide generations of students with the academic space and experience they need and deserve. The Marieb Building represents the heart of her life's work, since HCC is where her career began."
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