Doug Brush, Doon Foster

Trustee Doon Foster helps Doug Brush don a commemorative lab coat, autographed by life sciences students and faculty, in honor of his gift.


Doug Brush will give $5 million to The College of Wooster

Funds will support new science facility and refurbishment of Holden Annex

2 March, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – Doug Brush, a 1977 graduate of The College of Wooster and former vice chair of the school’s board of trustees, announced that he will give $5 million to his alma mater: $4 million to help support the construction of a new science facility and $1 million for a complete renovation of the Holden Annex student residence hall.

“I have been looking forward to making an investment like this in The College of Wooster for a very long time,” Brush said. “I am honestly delighted to be able to contribute to our future vitality in this way.”

Brush is the former chairman of Sentry Group, a manufacturer of fire-resistant safes and other security storage solutions with headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., and manufacturing operations in that city, as well as Cannelton, Indiana and Shanghai, China. Brush earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wooster. A member of the college’s board of trustees since 2000, he served as vice chair from 2009 to 2014. 

“In his 15 years of service to Wooster on our board of trustees,” said President Grant Cornwell, “Doug has always been keenly attentive to the quality of every aspect of the student experience. Now, with this generous investment in Wooster’s future, he will make a dramatic impact on both the academic and residential elements of that experience. This is wonderful news.”

The new science building will involve a combination of new construction, renovation, and the connection of those new and renovated facilities into an integrated life sciences complex. The college hopes to break ground for the $40 million facility in June 2016. With this new commitment, the college has raised $18.9 million for the project.

Holden Annex, a student residence hall constructed in 1921, will be transformed from top to bottom. The exterior walls will be stripped down to the studs, insulated and recladded. Every window will be replaced, as will the roof. Inside, there will be new flooring, finishes and furniture. Restrooms will be improved, the electrical system upgraded, and more lounge space and a kitchen added. The rejuvenated facility will have approximately 45 beds.

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.