S. Jersey businessman gives Rowan $375,000, requests anonymity

By GENE VERNACCHIO, Courier-Post Staff

GLASSBORO--Rowan University has a bashful benefactor. School officials on Thursday revealed that a South Jersey businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated $375,000 to its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Philip Tumminia, executive director of the Rowan University Foundation, said he's met with the donor on several occasions and the businessman was looking for a worthy educational cause to support.

"He was very impressed with (Rowan President) Don Farish's plan for the university and he wanted to contribute to its success," Tumminia said.

Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the donation proves that the school is moving in the right direction.

"With the construction of the new science building, numerous faculty grants and increasing partnerships with area businesses, Rowan's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is building on its solid reputation as a premier liberal arts and sciences college," Harper said. "Gifts such as this one reinforce the work we're doing and the positive changes we're making."

In December, the school broke ground for a $41 million science building.

That project is just the first phase in the university's ambitious, $270 million, 10-year expansion plan unveiled last year by Farish.

Other projects planned at Rowan include a new home for the College of Education, a 400-bed residence hall, new athletic facilities and the expansion of Rowan's performing arts facilities.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university's six colleges. It offers 16 major undergraduate programs and three graduate degrees.

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By GENE VERNACCHIO, Courier-Post Staff

GLASSBORO--Rowan University has a bashful benefactor. School officials on Thursday revealed that a South Jersey businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, h

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