Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus Daniel Benton ('80) in support of the arts, creativity, and innovation on campus.
The gift includes $20 million for construction of the Benton Center for Creativity and Innovation, the anchor of a new 36,800-square-foot complex on the school's Middle Campus. The center will house facilities for the departments of computer science and theater as well as programs in dance and film and media studies, including maker spaces, computer and media object labs, studios, music practice rooms, and flexible performance and exhibition spaces.
A trustee emeritus and member of Colgate's Campaign Leadership Committee, Benton has given nearly $50 million to the school over the last two decades, including gifts in support of the Colgate Fund, the Benton Scholars program, and Career Services.
"I am excited to support the Middle Campus initiative at Colgate," said Benton, co-founder of Andor Capital Management. "It promises to transform the university — both intellectually and physically. The Benton Center for Creativity and Innovation will become a hub for interdepartmental collaboration and experimentation. In the words of Steve Jobs, 'It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.'"