Pictured: Sarah Lawrence College. Photo by A. Warner
By Patricia Pasquale, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Sarah Lawrence College
Oct. 6, 2021: Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd recently announced the largest donation in the history of the College: $20 million from an anonymous alumna aimed at supporting and accelerating the College’s strategic vision for the future.
“This extraordinarily generous gift is an incredible investment in Sarah Lawrence. This catalyst for putting our plans into action will usher the College successfully into its next hundred years,” says Judd. “It is a remarkable vote of confidence in the future of this college.”
“This is no doubt the right time to support the College, its president, its values, and its future,” said the donor. “I have been tremendously impressed by Cristle’s work since she arrived at Sarah Lawrence; I am truly excited to support her leadership and to see the College actualize its plans for the future—starting now.”
Judd has led the development of a strategic vision for the future of the College through an extensive process involving faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees—a process sustained despite the disruption of the pandemic. This gift follows the recent announcement by Chair of the Board Mark Goodman ’83 of Judd’s early reappointment to a second term. In announcing the board’s unanimous decision, Goodman called the reappointment “a reflection of our belief in the critical role Cristle will play in defining the College’s future, and a reflection of how impressed we have been by her vision, strategic sense, and leadership.”
An Initiative Accelerated
Truly transformational for Sarah Lawrence, this $20 million gift will invest in the people and the technology necessary to support the College’s plans to leverage its historic strengths through new offerings in areas of excellence that complement its undergraduate education. It will also enable the College to recruit program leaders and faculty to expand its impact in professional and lifelong learning—in fields that include media, genomics, and health advocacy.
Long renowned for its exemplary model of undergraduate liberal arts education, Sarah Lawrence has also been a leader in its commitment to lifelong learning, as evidenced by its full spectrum of academic offerings and partnerships, including: the Early Childhood Center; graduate and professional programs; recently announced partnerships with Westchester Community College and Bronx Community College; and a partnership with EXPLO summer programs.
“Sarah Lawrence has a distinguished tradition of ingenuity, particularly in the role it has played in identifying societal needs and meeting them with new educational programs,” says Judd. “This is particularly evident in our history of realizing new programs in professional and continuing education at opportune moments, such as the creation of the first, and still largest, program in human genetics. This tradition for innovation—for seeing and seizing opportunities to build on and extend core strengths in new ways—must be a vigorous feature of Sarah Lawrence’s future. This gift is a launchpad toward that future.”
About the Bronxville Adult School & Contacts
The Bronxville Adult School is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1957 and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The School "offers all adults of Bronxville and surrounding communities the opportunity for personal growth through life enhancing skills and provides cultural, intellectual and recreational stimulation at a nominal cost."
The Bronxville Adult School
Bronxville Public Library
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
Concordia College Adult Education
Concordia College was founded in 1881. It is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Bronxville. Concordia's Accelerated Degree Programs are designed to give you the skills to be competitive in your chosen career or in graduate school.
Concordia College - New York
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
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1 Mead Way
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