Bishop’s University Receives $3 Million Gift Toward The
Itis with immense gratitude that Bishop’s University announces that alumnus John Donald ‘60, DCL ‘12, has made a commitment of $3-million to the Leading the Way Campaign to establish the Donald Lecture Series in perpetuity.
For each of the past seven years, Bishop’s has been the fortunate beneficiary of gifts from Mr. Donald to fund the series. His vision in 2008 was to bring thought leaders of international renown to the Eastern Townships to share their insights and provoke thought on the world’s most compelling issues and events.
Since 2008, the University has hosted 28 speakers, and boasted attendance of over 11,000 community members, students, faculty and staff, all of whom have benefited from hearing these distinguished speakers free of charge. From Jesse Jackson, Romeo Dallaire and Michaëlle Jean to Clara Hughes and Edward Burtynsky, each speaker has left his or her own unique mark on the community at large.
“The Donald Lecture Series was that missing, seamless link between our classes and the rest of the world. It bridged that gap, so that a few times a year we could put down our textbooks to hear from doctors in disaster zones, leading thinkers on the future of our cities, and leaders in politics and business. And when we opened our textbooks again, it was with new, rich insights.
Most importantly, it brought us closer as a Bishop’s community. It taught us to apply what we had learned, and to consider the world beyond the classroom. In that way, it is entirely true to the Bishop’s experience.” Mark Lawson ’09 Mr. Donald commented on his transformative commitment to his alma mater, saying “I grew up in the Eastern Townships and I attended Bishop’s. I care deeply about this community and am very grateful for everything I received. I am so pleased that there has been great public participation in these lectures.”
“We are exceptionally grateful to Mr. Donald for this $3-million gift, allowing us to fund the Donald Lecture Series forever,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Over the years, we have been treated to an exceptional breadth and depth of insight and knowledge by many thoughtful individuals. The series has enhanced the academic and cultural experiences of our University and our region. It is wonderful to know that for years to come, every student who comes to Bishop’s will have the opportunity to learn from some of the outstanding leaders of their time.”
On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, Bishop’s
cont'd page 7 Astronaut spoke yesterday afternoon and again in the evening to two full houses in Centennial Theatre as part of the Donald Lecture Series.
Col. Chris Hadfield