Millions More For College Programs
President Krislov announced Friday that three $4 million gifts have been pledged to the College: $4 million for the Environmental Studies Program and $8 million toward the construction of the Jazz Department’s Phyllis Litoff Building.
A Cleveland family who wished to remain anonymous is responsible for the $4 million environmental studies gift. They apportioned $2.5 million of the money to create a second endowed chair for the program in addition to the Paul Sears Professorship currently held by David Orr. The College plans to match this gift and create a third endowed chair for the program.
Orr welcomes the additions to environmental studies: “The program has been understaffed since the beginning. This should help tremendously.”
“It will take a couple of years to hire the people and get them in place, but once they’re there it is going to be hugely important.”
Of the remainder of the environmental studies gift, $1 million will go toward upgrades in the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies while $500,000 is to be shared by the College and the City of Oberlin for environmental planning grants.
Ron Rimbert, Oberlin’s city council vice chair was positive about the future environmental prospects that the gift could entail: “We were looking at different renewable energies, so hopefully some of this will be earmarked to that.”
A $1 million gift from Clyde McGregor, OC ’74 and member of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees, and a $4 million gift from Joseph Clonick, OC ’57, will augment the $5 million given by the Litoff building’s original benefactors Stewart Kohl, OC ’77, and his wife Donna. Clonick’s pledge is in addition to an earlier gift of $1 million and will be used for a recording studio and performance space.
These gifts will ensure that the future home of the jazz studies department will meet its proposed gold LEED environmental rating.
Although the gifts’ coincidence with President Krislov’s inauguration was not intentional, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Ernie Iseminger asserted, “This is a very exciting moment for us. I think it reflects the positive momentum the new president, Marvin Krislov, has brought to campus.”