Join us to celebrate the Rowan gift


Sculpture unveiling this Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Savitz Hall.

It goes without saying that Henry Rowan — who with his late wife, Betty, in 1992 made a $100 million contribution to then-Glassboro State College — always will be a part of Rowan University.

On Dec. 13, his presence here will become even more concrete when the University that now bears his name unveils a seven-foot bronze sculpture of the businessman and philanthropist in front of Savitz Hall just off Route 322.

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The celebration
The sculpture is part of the 20th anniversary celebration — which will include a program and reception at Savitz — of the gift that changed the course of the University and of higher education philanthropy.

The $100 million endowment was the largest gift made to that date to a public institution. With the gift came a stipulation: create a College of Engineering that changed education in the field in which Mr. Rowan earned his degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The University honored that request, and today can boast many achievements in the nationally ranked College of Engineering, which graduated its first class in 2000.

Changed the University
The University also has accomplished much more, thanks to the generosity of Henry and Betty Rowan. Among those accomplishments, Rowan University most recently:

  • Co-founded Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J.
  • Attained state research status, becoming only the second public comprehensive university in New Jersey.
  • Founded the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan, home to 16 sponsored research labs and the Rohrer College of Business Incubator.
  • Partnered on the $300-million Rowan Boulevard redevelopment project with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers.

Impacting the future
The future continues to look bright, thanks at least in part to the Rowan Gift. The institution:

  • Plans to absorb the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J., which will make Rowan only the second school in the nation with both M.D.- and D.O.-granting medical schools under its aegis.
  • Anticipates creating a College of Health Sciences in Camden in collaboration with Rutgers-Camden.

“It is a rare person who will donate even a small gift to an organization that he does not have ties to,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “Henry Rowan and his wife Betty had no ties to our college but they believed their contribution could make a difference in education and in the region they called home. We have worked hard for 20 years to honor their faith in our school. We look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

The Rowan community, neighbors and friends are invited to attend the Rowan Gift 20th anniversary celebration at Savitz Hall on Thursday, Dec. 13 to honor Mr. Rowan. The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. inside Savitz, with the unveiling to follow. Please join in thanking Mr. Rowan for what he has done for our University and our region.

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