Rosemont Receives Historic $5 Million Gift

Posted: January 18, 2012

A new gift, the second largest in Rosemont College history, will have a positive impact on generations of students. Rosemont is pleased to announce a $5 million donation from an anonymous alumna donor. This brings the total raised toward the Campaign for Rosemont College, chaired by Ann ’66 and Charles Marshall, to nearly $19 million.

The gift will be used to fund portions of two significant capital projects, a turf athletic field and a new campus community center. Two million will be used for the turf soccer and lacrosse field, which is the first phase toward the completion of a new athletic complex. A new softball field will also be part of this phase. The remaining three million will be designated for the community center.

The community center project, estimated at $13 million, will be a complete renovation and transformation of Cardinal Hall. The brand new space will serve as a hub of activity on campus, housing dining facilities, a fitness center, meeting and event spaces, visitor services, common areas, and more.

The donor made her gift in mid-December, saying she was impressed by the success Rosemont has experienced in recent years and excited for the college’s future.

“Adapting to change and ‘meeting the wants of the age’ have been guiding principles of Rosemont College since its founding,” she said. “It came as no surprise to me that Rosemont boldly embraced a new strategic plan to meet the needs of the 21st century and beyond. I would not have expected any less from my alma mater or from the inspirational leadership of President Sharon Hirsh.”

The strategic plan, adopted in 2008, emphasizes dynamic partnerships, online education, and coeducation. Rosemont’s undergraduate college became coeducational in 2009, and enrollment has increased since. The most recent first-year class was 37 percent male, comparable to the national average of 39 percent for liberal arts colleges.

“I could not be more grateful for the confidence this alumna has in the future of this college,” said President Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ’70. “Her incredibly generous gift will deepen the richness of the Rosemont experience for many deserving students.”

The donor added, “It is my hope this gift will encourage other alumni to contribute to the college so that, together, we can ensure the unique Rosemont education we all enjoyed will continue to transform the lives of future students.”

Last Updated: January 23, 2012