An anonymous donor has given Stephens College a $15 million unrestricted gift—the largest in the school’s 180-year history.
“This is a historic contribution, and we are so honored and humbled,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “We will use the funding strategically. We will use it wisely. We will use it to make Stephens even better than she is now.”
Stephens will invest the resources in strategic, creative ways that will help build on the college’s national prominence in both traditional academic programs and new areas of high marketplace demand.
“These are not replacement dollars,” Lynch said. “This is funding that will help shape Stephens College into its next century.”
The donor’s generosity is further confirmation that Stephens is an exceptional institution with a mission and tradition that merit exceptional support, said Nikki Krawitz, chair of the Board of Trustees.
“It will allow us to invest in our campus, in our people and in our students—and just as important it confirms for the world that Stephens is an investment worth making,” she said.
The donor wishes to remain anonymous but hopes the contribution inspires others to invest in Stephens’ future.
“The next several years are going to be exciting,” Lynch said. “We have an amazing network of generous and involved alumnae. We also have so many community members who support Stephens. That’s the incredible thing about this place—whether you’re coming to campus for a film or play, visiting our stables, sending your children to our children’s school—you’re part of our family. You’re going to see amazing things coming from the Stephens campus thanks, in part, to transformational gifts such as this one.”
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