Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has announced a $10 million pledge from alumnus and trustee Gregg Engles ('79) and his wife, Molly, to advance liberal arts and experiential learning at the Ivy League school.
The commitment will support the development of the school's Arts and West End districts, faculty recruitment, and the Dartmouth College Fund, as well as new initiatives within the Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business, including a research and teaching "neighborhood" in a Center for Engineering and Computer Science set to open in 2021. When finished, the building will enable Thayer to double its faculty and increase the number of computer science faculty by 50 percent.
In addition, a portion of the gift will support Dartmouth's $150 million Academic Cluster Initiative, which will identify and recruit thirty new faculty to work on cutting-edge research related to complex global challenges. The Engleses have directed their support to research on the connections between the mind and the brain and how a better understanding of the so-called neural code might lead to the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The remainder of the gift will support the school's Hood Museum of Art, which reopened in January following a three-year renovation and expansion project. In recognition of the gift, the museum's vitrine gallery, which features a distinctive fourteen-square-foot plate-glass window, has been named the Engles Family Gallery.
Gregg Engles is founding partner of Capitol Peak Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm. In addition to his service on the Dartmouth board, both he and his wife have served on school's President's Leadership Council.
"Molly and I have a great appreciation and love of the arts and the role they play both in a university community and in the development of civil society, so deciding to support the Hood Museum was easy," said Engles. "And in many ways, the future is sitting right down there in the West End. Dartmouth, Tuck, and Thayer are well positioned to develop entrepreneurs who use their engineering and computer science education to solve real problems in the modern world."