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$10 million gift to support new building at Lawrence University

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December 28, 2023

APPLETON – Lawrence University is the recipient of an anonymous $10 million donation to support the construction of a building on the west edge of campus – which will add more than 30,000 square feet of academic space and provide flexibility for future enrollment growth.

President Laurie A. Carter said the development – located at 315 E. College Ave. development – unveiled in August in partnership with the Trout Museum of Art, will bolster Lawrence’s offerings in the humanities and its growing mathematics, statistics and computer science programs, plus space for the Conservatory of Music. 

The $10 million gift is the third largest in Lawrence’s history. 

The donors – who described the building as a key piece of a “strong strategic plan to position Lawrence for the future” – have asked to remain anonymous.

“The generosity of the donors is deeply appreciated,” Carter said. “It speaks to their belief in the transformative power of a Lawrence education. And it speaks to the lifelong connections our alumni have with this institution and their willingness to pay it forward for the benefit of current and future Lawrence students.”

The donors said they had planned to leave a legacy gift to Lawrence in their will, but decided to accelerate their giving because they are strong believers in the strategic plan developed by Carter and her administration in conjunction with the board of trustees.

“Now is the time,” the donors said. “Lawrence will benefit more, and the gift will have more impact if we give it now.”

Construction on the more than 100,000-square-foot, four-story building is expected to start soon and will be Lawrence’s first new major building project since 2009.

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