The University of Pennsylvania has announced a gift from alumnus Howard S. Marks ('67) and his wife, Nancy, in support of writing education.
The second such gift from the couple will endow and name the Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing and provide expanded writing opportunities for students as well as workshops and community projects for high school students and adult literacy learners. The Markses are longtime supporters of the university, having supported the Howard Marks Professorship in Economic History, the Howard Marks University Professorship, and the Howard Marks Investor Speaker Series at Wharton, as well as endowed scholarship support for undergraduates.
"Howard and Nancy's endowment of the Marks Family Writing Center exemplifies their longstanding, visionary commitment to intellectual life at Penn," said Penn president Amy Gutmann. "Excellent writing has the power to inform, enlighten, entertain, and inspire. As our students utilize resources to strengthen their ability to communicate effectively, and residents in West Philadelphia benefit from initiatives to increase literacy in the community, the Marks Family Writing Center will stand as a transformative investment in the advancement of knowledge, with multigenerational impact."