St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, has announced two gifts totaling $50 million from college board chair Ron Fielding ('70) and capital campaign chair Warren Spector ('81).
The largest portion of the two $25 million gifts — the largest in the school's history — will support St. John's unique program of study, a financial aid program to ensure that all students with a desire to attend the school can afford to do so, and the school's endowment, providing ongoing support for academics, financial aid, career services, and the school's annual fund.
St. John's fewer than one thousand students spend their four years deeply engaged with the works of some of the world's greatest writers and thinkers, from Homer, Plato, and Euclid to Nietzsche, Einstein, and Woolf. In recent years, the school has made a series of "belt-tightening" cuts that have affected staff and tutors. The gifts from Fielding and Spector are aimed at inspiring additional gifts that can serve as long-term investments in the college's academic program.
"This commitment is our rallying cry to fellow board members, alumni, and friends at the dawn of our capital campaign," said Fielding. "It's a signal of confidence in the college's direction and a call to action. While $50 million is an important foundation for the future of St. John's College, it is only the beginning. We are calling on fellow supporters of 'the Program' to come forward, and we hope to inspire gifts both large and small."