Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has announced a $15 million gift from alumni William and Barbara Weldon.
The largest gift in the university's history will support initiatives outlined in the university's strategic plan, with a focus on preparing graduates for the twenty-first-century, building inclusive excellence, driving positive change in local and global communities, and fostering lifelong connections and learning.
Graduates of the class of 1971, the Weldons married while attending Quinnipiac. William, who currently chairs the university's board, is the retired chair and CEO of Johnson & Johnson.
"Quinnipiac University is a special place to us, offering outstanding academic programs and a multitude of learning opportunities for our students," said the Weldons in a joint statement. "It changed our lives, and we hope it continues to open doors for many others. We are delighted to be able to contribute to our alma mater to embolden its future, and to help the university continue to create opportunity for future generations."
"Through this gift, Barbara and Bill are infusing our future with promise, energy, and confidence," said Quinnipiac president Judy D. Olian. "We are all indebted to them for their unwavering commitment to Quinnipiac over many years, for their leadership and vision, for lifting our collective sights, and for their personal friendship. We are inspired by their life’s work and humbled by their generosity."