Norwich University, a military college in Northfield, Vermont, has announced a $25 million challenge gift from former board member National Guard Colonel (Ret.) James N. Pritzker through the Tawani Foundation.
The largest gift in the school's history was made in advance of its bicentennial campaign, which is scheduled to launch in October 2014, at which time the fundraising goal of the campaign will be announced. "This gift is a challenge to current, former, and emeriti trustees to collectively match my contribution in order to successfully position the university for the public launch of the campaign in 2014," said the retired army officer, who from 1997 to 2007 served on the Norwich board of trustees.
The gift was made through Prtizker's foundation, which supports programs working to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the "citizen soldier"; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; to foster health and wellness projects; and to honor the service of all military personnel.
"This gift will transform the university and have an impact on future generations of students and faculty," said Norwich University president Richard W. Schneider. "We are all here at Norwich for one purpose: to educate America's future leaders. We are humbled by this charge and grateful for the support as we prepare to celebrate in 2019 the two-hundredth anniversary of our founding."