Stanley C. Gault ’48 announces $7 million gift to The College of Wooster
Will support new science facility and endow a professorship in English
WOOSTER, Ohio – Stanley C. Gault '48 today announced a $7 million gift to The College of Wooster. Five million dollars will be earmarked for the college's new integrated life sciences center, while $2 million will create an endowed professorship, the Flo Kurtz Gault Endowed Chair in English, to honor his late wife, who also graduated from Wooster in 1948, with a bachelor's degree in English.
"Wooster presidents long ago ran out of superlatives to describe Stan Gault's extraordinary, unwavering support of his alma mater, his commitment to our students, and his passionate belief in the transformative power of a Wooster education," said Wooster President Grant Cornwell. "We are all profoundly grateful for this latest example of that commitment."
With $40 million in commitments in hand, the construction fund raising phase of the life sciences project is now complete. The college continues to seek financial support for the innovative, interdisciplinary educational programming that will take place in the new facility, including new endowed professorships and research funds in the life sciences. Groundbreaking is planned for June 2016 and the new facility will open in September 2018.
"Support of education has always been a high priority for our family because it is a significant factor in helping others to improve their lives and the lives of others around them," Gault said. "We know that our students must have the educational experience that prepares them to be successful and enjoy rewarding careers in a dynamic, highly competitive and every-changing world."
Gault, the former CEO of Rubbermaid and Goodyear, joined Wooster's board of trustees in 1972 and was named chair in 1987, a position he held until his retirement from the board in 2000, at which time he was elected chairman emeritus. The Gault family's philanthropy is visible in every aspect of the college's life, from the admissions office to the alumni center. Two residence halls bear the family's name – Gault Manor on the north side of campus and Gault Schoolhouse on the south – as do the Scot Center's Gault Recreation Center, the Gault Recital Hall in Scheide Music Center, the Gault Admissions Center, Gault Alumni Center, and the Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study.
The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.