Dartmouth Gets $100-Million Gift for Academic Efforts

Dartmouth College has received an anonymous and largely unrestricted $100-million donation that it will use to enhance a program to create faculty teams across disciplines to foster innovative approaches to global problems, The Boston Globe reports.

The gift, to be formally announced Thursday, comes from a family with close ties to the Hanover, N.H., campus that wishes to remain unidentified. “The only restriction is that the gift be used to build the academic excellence of Dartmouth,” college President Philip J. Hanlon said.

The donation will allow the school to create 30 to 40 endowed faculty positions in connection with Mr. Hanlon’s “Cluster Initiative” to build interdisciplinary teams to tackle international challenges in education, health care, and other areas. Funds will also be used to expand Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.

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