Lehigh University receives $5 million for university art galleries

Lehigh University receives $5 million for university art galleries

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has announced a $5 million gift from alumnus Kenneth R. Woodcock ('65) in support of Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG).

Structured as part of a planned bequest, the gift is the largest ever in support of LUAG and will endow the Woodcock Director's Fund, a vehicle designed to protect and preserve the gallery's teaching collection and help support arts education and engagement for students and the Lehigh community at large.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering, Woodcock began his career with DuPont and later served as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Administration, and the Department of Energy. A longtime supporter of the university, Woodcock has contributed to the Lehigh Fund for more than thirty years and helped fund the creation of a music recording studio at Zoellner Arts Center and renovations to Linderman Library.

"The arts play a central role in the intellectual experience of students, staff, and faculty and our engagement with the community," said Robert Flowers, the Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Ken Woodcock's gift will enable the university to make further strides in garnering national and international recognition…as a leader in arts education and programming."

"$5 million gift to fund Lehigh University Art Galleries." Lehigh University press release 01/13/2021.