Vanderbilt University in Nashville has announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor to establish living-learning communities in residential colleges on campus.
Launched in 2008 with the opening of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for freshmen, the university's College Halls program is designed to build community, support student success, and extend educational opportunities beyond the classroom through the university's residential college system. Following the same model, the university opened Warren and Moore colleges for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in 2014. A new residential facility, E. Bronson Ingram College, is slated to open in the fall of 2018 on the site of the former Vanderbilt and Barnard halls, while the next phase of the program will focus on the university's West End neighborhood, which includes Carmichael Towers, Greek Row, and West Side Row. Vanderbilt's campus land-use plan, FutureVU, calls for construction on the Residential College at Tarpley to begin in 2018, followed by the Residential Colleges at Towers project.
In addition to the anonymous gift, the College Halls program has received multiple gifts over the past six months, including $20 million from alumnus and Vanderbilt board of trustee vice chair-elect Jeffrey Rothschild and his wife, Marieke, and $20 million from Robin Ingram Patton and alumni John and Orrin Ingram in honor of their father and longtime Vanderbilt leader, the late E. Bronson Ingram.
"The generous philanthropy of our donors continues to empower the strategic vision behind College Halls at Vanderbilt," said Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. "This $10 million gift provides critical momentum for new residential colleges along West End Avenue. The College Halls program provides students with a diverse, vibrant environment to connect socially and intellectually with their classmates and faculty. I’m so grateful for those who have invested in these principles that have come to define the Vanderbilt experience."