Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Gretchen and Stephen Burke.
In recognition of the gift, one of two new residential facilities on campus will be named Burke Hall. Slated to welcome first-year and sophomore students this fall, the buildings will have classrooms, seminar rooms, and student lounges as well as native stone and design elements reminiscent of those found on other campus buildings. Burke Hall will join Jane Pinchin Hall as the first residential additions to the school's upper campus since 1927, when Stillman Hall was completed.
Members of the James B. Colgate Society — Colgate donors who have contributed at least $1 million to the school — the Burkes have supported the Colgate Fund, Colgate athletics, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, internships, strategic initiatives, the school's general endowment, and the renovation of the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology. They also established the Stephen '80 and Gretchen Hoadley '81 Burke Endowed Scholarship and the Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81 Endowed Chair for Regional Studies. Gretchen Hoadley Burke joined Colgate's board of trustees in 2011 and served for four years as vice chair. Steve Burke is president and CEO of NBCUniversal.
"We are proud to be part of this historic moment and honored to see our name join Professor Pinchin's on the residential quad," said Gretchen Burke. "During my student days, she was a favorite faculty member and my thesis adviser. When Steve was a trustee, we knew her as an active interim president. These new facilities, bearing the names of those who have shared a lifelong love for Colgate, will advance the university's vision for its third century, supporting both the personal and academic growth of students for generations to come."
(Photo by Mark DiOrio)