April 22, 2011

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By Christina Masciere Wallace

LEWISBURG, Pa. — William Morrow, Class of '70, and his wife, Madeline, have committed $6 million in support of Bucknell University's strategic priorities, including Academic West, Bucknell President John Bravman announced today.

The Morrows' gift will span the full range of the liberal arts learning experience that Bucknell provides, benefiting scholarships, academic facilities, the Annual Fund, study abroad and athletics. It is one of only seven gifts to Bucknell of $5 million or more in the past 15 years.

"We are extremely grateful to the Morrows for their generosity and leadership," Bravman said. "Bill and Madeline recognize that the impact of Bucknell on our students' lives depends on a breadth of learning experiences that allow them to grow, to explore, to discover.

"In selecting designations for their gift, they have included every one of Bucknell's strategic priorities. Because of how they've designed their gift, it's a commitment that is going to affect students and faculty in every area of the University."

Campus-wide impact
That impact will be most visible in Academic West, which will anchor the new academic quad just south of Bertrand Library. A large part of the Morrows' gift will go toward infrastructure preparation necessary to begin construction, which is tentatively planned to begin in spring 2012.

Adding 70,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, faculty offices and hearth space, Academic West is the first a priority in the recently established campus master plan, and will be the first in a series of planned academic and residential structures designed to meet the needs of students for the next 75 years.

A significant portion of the gift will benefit the Bucknell Fund, a central component of the Annual Fund. The University applies this unrestricted pool of funding to the areas of greatest immediate need during the current academic year.

The rest of the gift will benefit scholarships, a top priority for Bucknell; the Bison Club; and the Bucknell in London program.

'Anchor to America'
Morrow, who recently retired from Mid Europa Partners, a private equity investment firm, as managing director and chief operating officer, joined the Board of Trustees in 2010.

"This is a gift that came from the heart," said Morrow, who lives in London. "First as a Navy kid, and then after graduating from Bucknell, I moved constantly. There was no single point of reference for me. I've been living overseas for 22 years, and Bucknell has become my portal back to the U.S. It is my anchor to America."

(Read the full story in the spring issue of Bucknell Magazine.)

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