Connecticut College announces largest gift in college’s history

Students gathered on Tempel Green cheered as Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron announced the largest gift in the college’s history: $30 million to boost financial aid, athletics and the campus.

“This is transformational generosity, and it will touch the lives of every student on this campus for many years to come,” Bergeron said during the announcement.

Robert Hale, a 1988 alumnus of the college, and his wife, Karen, who gave the college $20 million in 2015 — at the time the largest gift in the college’s history — are now donating $10 million for financial aid, $10 million for improvements to campus infrastructure and $10 million for athletics, all areas significantly impacted by the pandemic.

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