Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, has announced a $5 million gift from James and Anahita Naficy Lovelace to establish and endow the Frank Aydelotte Foundation for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts.
With the goal of highlighting the benefits of the liberal arts for individuals as well as democratic societies, the foundation will work to foster curricular, pedagogical, and scholarly excellence and innovation at Swarthmore and disseminate the results of that work; facilitate collaboration and dialogue among liberal arts institutions; engage in generative thinking about the future and purpose of liberal arts and higher education; and inspire greater appreciation of and participation in the liberal arts.
The gift recognizes the lasting influence of the college's seventh president, Frank Aydelotte, who served from 1921-1940. Best known for launching the college's hallmark Honors Program, Aydelotte was an advocate for the centrality of the liberal arts in education.
James Lovelace, a 1979 alumnus and current member of the school's board of managers, is senior vice president and a portfolio manager for a subsidiary of the Capital Group.
"With this commitment, Jim and Anahita Lovelace are supporting the quality and inventiveness of Swarthmore's liberal arts practices," said Swarthmore College president Rebecca Chopp. "By selecting the name 'Frank Aydelotte' for the Foundation for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts, they underscore both the rigor and creativity of liberal arts at Swarthmore and the obligation to inspire participation in the liberal arts not just for individuals, but for the greater good of society."