The Rochester Institute of Technology has announced a gift of $3.5 million from alumnus Chance Wright and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright.
The single largest gift ever to RIT's College of Art and Design will support the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) and renovations to the third floor of Gannett Hall, which houses "the cage," an equipment area stocked with photography gear for students to use during their time in the program. The renovation project is slated to begin in May 2020.
Wright, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in advertising photography, received his MBA this month from RIT's Saunders School of Business. His mother's late father was the co-president of Mars, Inc.
"The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is beyond thrilled and humbled by the generosity of this gift from alumnus Chance Wright and his family," said SPAS director Therese Mulligan. "It is a tribute to the school's faculty and staff who work so diligently every single day in support of our students and our one-of-a-kind learning community."
"The 'cage' was one of the main reasons I came to this school," said Wright. "Students here have the opportunity to work with equipment that sets the standard for the industry. While the facilities and the program are what brought me here, the faculty, my classmates, and the school's rigor are what made RIT a truly special place for me to learn and grow. My mother always instilled in me the importance of an education and giving back, so I can't think of a better way to show my appreciation to the school’s faculty and students."
(Photo credit: A. Sue Weisler)