Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College, announced that the college has received the largest gift commitment in its 119-year history from an anonymous alumni couple. The $8.5 million gift, a combination of cash, pledges, and bequests, will support the college-in improving facilities, increasing the endowment, and funding operations-all goals of Elizabethtown’s current “Be More Inspired” capital campaign.
According to Strikwerda, “This gift recognizes the important work we are undertaking to equip our students with the tools to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Our facilities, campus life and scholarship efforts will all be enhanced by the commitment and foresight of these generous alumni.” Jim Shreiner, chair of the College’s Campaign Steering Committee added, “I am impressed and grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our donors. Gifts such as these truly transform Elizabethtown College.”
The gift is one of the largest given recently to small private colleges nationwide. Previous large gifts to Elizabethtown College include $5 million from the late Frank Masters, Harrisburg, a recent anonymous pledge for $3 million from a couple who, like Masters, are not alumni of the college, and support from S. Dale High (class of 1963), Lancaster, whose giving totals more than $4 million for the High Library and High Family Business Center, in addition to other programs.
The college is currently building the new $24 million Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being, for which it has raised more than $19.3 million. Elizabethtown is also completing its multi-year $60 million capital campaign, with $56.7 million raised, surpassing the original goal of $50 million. Continuing efforts for the increased campaign goal will focus on residential renewal and new academic programs: Civil and Biomedical Engineering, Data Science, Chemistry Laboratory Sciences, Finance, Marketing and a new Physician Assistant program, among others.