St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, has announced gifts totaling $15 million from an alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous.
The gifts, which include a gift of $10 million and a planned gift of $5 million, were made as part of the university’s $225 million Campaign for Every Laurentian. A portion of the funds will used to endow two professorships in public health: one in a STEM or social science field, and the other in an arts, humanities, or interdisciplinary field. Developed in 2017, the university's public health curriculum encourages students to make connections between more than fifty courses across fifteen academic departments, with a focus on public health needs around the world.
"This breakthrough and breathtaking gift is a vote of confidence in our innovative approach to the rapidly growing global field of public health," said St. Lawrence president William L. Fox.
"We are grateful for the generosity of the donor, the belief in our planning and vision, and the commitment that has been made to secure a strong future for public health," said Mindy Pitre, associate professor of anthropology and co-coordinator of the public health program. "This gift provides significant support for faculty who are teaching students how to tackle complex local, national, and global issues that will advance health and well-being in a changing world."