Five Long Island universities and colleges received donations that were their largest-ever or equal to their largest-ever during the 2012 fiscal year, from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
Hofstra University received $20 million -- the largest gift in the university’s history -- from former pharmaceutical executive and alumnus Maurice A. Deane to fund student and faculty research, decrease the size of the student body, and put on conferences at the law school, which now bears his name.
Adelphi University received $9.5 million -- equal to the largest donation in the university’s history -- from financial executive and alumnus Robert B. Willumstad to fund scholarships and other programming at the business school, which now bears his name. (Feb. 24, 2012)
Farmingdale State College received $1 million -- its largest donation in the college’s history -- from nursing home entrepreneur and alumna Theresa Patnode Santmann to create four scholarships and support faculty research in the health sciences school, which bears her name. Farmingdale State College president W. Hubert Keen stands with Patnode Santmann at the ceremony dedicating Gleeson Hall to her. (Sept. 21, 2011)
Molloy College received $1 million -- its largest donation in the college’s history -- from insurance executive and alumna Eileen McDonnell to fund the Early Childhood Education program.
Stony Brook University donor Jim Simons, left, and SBU president Dr. Samuel Stanley pose in front of Stony Brook University, which received $150 million -- the largest gift in the university’s history and among the top 10 donations ever given to a U.S. public university -- from the foundation of Jim Simons. (Feb. 12, 2013)