Half of the gift was designated for the museum. The remainder is unrestricted.
"This is the kind of gift that's just extraordinary," said
Ackerman said the Bertonis were great supporters of the museum, "but they also recognized, particularly with Waldo being on the board, how important having flexibility is to a small, private institution."
The new museum opened in April, occupying 9,000 square feet of the Lincoln Center on the north edge of campus. More than half of the space is used for exhibits; the rest is used for offices and archival storage.
The former museum site had about 1,000 square feet of exhibit space.
"We wouldn't have the
"He has a great affinity for the college. It goes back to his brothers going here," Blackburn said. "When they got back here, they fairly quickly got involved with the college."
In addition to their involvement with the museum and the college --
"During a visit in 2013 with Rosalie, she talked about the value and importance of education and the population we serve at
The next step will be for the administration to review its priorities and make recommendations to the board on "how best to impact our students and the institution" with the Bertonis' gift.
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