Gift establishes Salisbury Center, focused on student outcomes
(January 21, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y. — Hobart and William Smith Colleges have received a gift in the amount of $1.5 million from Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63. Salisbury is lead donor in the project to renovate Trinity Hall and create a center that enables students to transition easily from the Colleges to graduate school, meaningful employment and productive citizenship.
Named in his honor, the Salisbury Center was completed this month. It houses departments that organize and augment student services focused on outcomes, such as career and pre-professional advising, global education and public service.
Salisbury is pleased by the impact the Center will have on the Colleges and students. “Hobart was a transformative and life-enhancing experience for me,” he says. “I wanted to do something that would differentiate Hobart and William Smith as an educational experience from the many other liberal arts institutions, while also preparing students for the future.”
Salisbury holds a B.A. in American History from Hobart College, where he was a member of the Advanced ROTC. He joined the United States Air Force upon graduation, and later earned his MBA with honors from Loyola College. He is currently president and director of Salisbury Broadcasting Company in Baltimore, Md.
Salisbury has been a member of the HWS Board of Trustees since 1991, and Chairman since 1998. His support of the Colleges has funded renovations within several residence halls and established computer work areas in the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study and programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities and curriculum but maintain separate deans' offices, athletics programs, student governments and traditions.
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