Multimillion Dollar Grant to Support Hamilton College Faculty

The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundationhas announced a $2.5 million challenge grant to Hamilton College to supportfaculty development efforts.

The grant is the single largest in the foundation's history and the largestever received by Hamilton from a charitable foundation.

Foundation President Julie Kidd said the grant was "awarded in recognition ofthe very fine and dedicated efforts that continue to characterize the work ofHamilton College in fulfilling its deeply felt commitment to undergraduateeducation."

"Over the years, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation has been aleading supporter of Hamilton and its programs," said College President EugeneM. Tobin. "This gift is remarkable, not just for its size, but for thetransformative impact it will have on the educational program. We are trulygrateful to the foundation for once again demonstrating its confidence inHamilton and its faculty."

Specifically, the foundation's gift will establish two endowed chairs, one fora full professor and one for a visiting professorship.

The grant carries with it a two-to-one challenge to Hamilton, meaning thecollege must raise $5 million in new endowment for faculty support in order toreceive the foundation's full $2.5 million.

"Hamilton's alumni and friends will welcome this considerable challenge, and Iknow we will be successful in achieving it," Tobin said.

The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation's grant will be credited towardthe college's current capital campaign -- a four-year effort to raise $83million. To date, the college has received gifts and commitments totaling $57million toward the campaign's $83 million goal.

Among those earlier gifts and commitments is a $2 million grant announced inFebruary from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston, to improve sciencefacilities. At the time, that grant was a record gift to Hamilton from acharitable foundation.

The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation has been a consistent supporterof Hamilton and its faculty. Over the years, the foundation has establishedthe Christian A. Johnson "Excellence in Teaching" Professorship, the Christian A. Johnson "Excellence in Teaching" Conference Fund, and the Christian A. Johnson Teaching Enhancement Fellowship.

Following its renovation in 1982, the former college library was renamedChristian A. Johnson Hall to recognize the foundation's generosity.

Hamilton was originally a frontier school for native Oneida Indians and thechildren of early settlers; later it was an all-male college. Hamilton todayis a private, nonsectarian liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,650men and women from around the country and the world.

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