Weekend Extra: Westmont Receives $75 Million Gift

By J’Amy Brown

An anonymous donor has given $75 million to Westmont, the second largest gift
ever for a national liberal arts college. Westmont Chancellor David
K. Winter made the announcement to faculty, staff and students
following convocation Friday morning.

“This is momentous news,” Winter said. “It will enable us to
move to an entirely new level of effectiveness in accomplishing our
mission as a liberal arts college deeply rooted in the historic
Christian faith. By providing the support needed for our strong and
distinctive academic program, this gift allows us to build and
endow the facilities that will enable us to secure our place among
the finest liberal arts schools in the nation.”

The anonymous donor wishes to be
recognized only as a friend of the college who believes in its
mission. “Our society and the world need leaders with deep personal
character and Christian commitment in addition to a broad liberal
arts education,” the donor said. “I have been very impressed with
Westmont students and graduates and believe that these young men
and women will make a difference in the world.”

“We are thankful for what has been accomplished in the past, but
we have long desired the resources that would enable us to
contribute more significantly to the needs of our society and
world,” said David Eaton, chair of the board of trustees. “It would
be impossible to express the level of gratitude we feel for this
friend who has demonstrated confidence in the future of Westmont
and made all this possible.”


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