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Thursday, March 22, 2007

W&L Receives $66 Million Gift to Raise Faculty Salaries -- $400k Per Faculty Member

Wl_universityWashington & Lee University announced yesterday that it has received a $33 million gift, which will be matched by $33 million in other funds, to be used exclusively to raise faculty salaries.  From the press release:

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, America's 9th oldest university, announced today that it will receive a gift of $33 million from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest to be used to increase and maintain faculty salaries. Lenfest is a 1953 graduate and former trustee of W&L. He is also a graduate of Columbia Law School. ...

The gift will require a match of $33 million to be raised from other sources by the University. Lenfest matching funds will be transferred as University money is raised. The gift is solely for enhancing faculty compensation.

W&L has 170 faculty -- so the gift amounts to almost $400,000 per faculty member!  (Hat Tip:  Inside Higher Ed.)

Update:  Bryan Camp notes that as an endowment, the $66 million would generate $3.3 million per year at 5%, or $19,000 per faculty member.

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