Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the City College Class of 1960 and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microchips, is donating $26 million to his alma mater, College President Gregory H. Williams has anounced.
City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is recommending to the Board of Trustees that the College’s School of Engineering be named “The Grove School of Engineering.”
President Williams said, “Dr. Grove is the quintessential City College graduate: He entered CCNY in 1957 as a recent immigrant, with no knowledge of English, and went on to graduate at the top of his class. He then did as much as anyone to usher in the information revolution that changed the face and pace of our world. His gift will bring world-class opportunities for generations of gifted engineering students, and enable The City College School of Engineering to take its place among the best schools of engineering in the nation.”
President Williams noted that this gift is the largest ever made to CCNY.
Dr. Grove said, “The City College of New York represents the bookends to my professional life – from the cold January day in 1957 when I found my way to the admissions office to the chance encounter, a few weeks ago, with the winner of the Intel Science Talent Search on the day he was starting at City. This institution is a veritable American-dream machine. I hope to help keep it that way.”
Chancellor Goldstein lauded the gift from Dr. Grove as “an enormous vote of confidence for The City College and CUNY. We thank Dr. Grove for recognizing and supporting the extraordinary role City College and CUNY play in providing access to high quality education and to talented students from diverse backgrounds and in helping to build a workforce with strong technology skills.”
The Chancellor stated that Dr. Grove’s gift was an important milestone for
the “Invest in CUNY” Campaign for the Colleges of The City University of New York, which is seeking to raise $1.2 billion by 2012 and has raised $625 million in gifts and pledges to date. “Andy Grove’s generosity and leadership sends a powerful signal of support for quality public higher education.”
Chairman Benno Schmidt of the Board of Trustees said, “I am both grateful for and inspired by the opportunities for the School of Engineering to reach new heights propelled by the spectacular support of Dr. Grove. I welcome Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s recommendation to name the School of Engineering in honor of this distinguished alumnus. We commend President Gregory Williams for his great success in raising standards, increasing enrollments and enhancing the academic programs of The City College.”
The gift includes funds for current uses and also for establishing the Grove Endowment that will exist in perpetuity and be used to provide ongoing support to gifted engineering faculty and students. CCNY will use the gift to help the School of Engineering attract and retain new faculty, renovate and equip laboratories for new faculty and rising stars. Funds from the gift will also support development of new interdisciplinary programs and will be used to provide seed money for new research initiatives with high potential for external funding.
Several improvements to the School of Engineering infrastructure will be funded through the grant, as well. These include wireless Internet access throughout Steinman Hall, the School’s primary building, installation of a centralized e-mail server and enovation of new space as the School of Engineering expands.
About The City College of New York and CCNY’s School of Engineering
The City College of New York was established by the New York City Board of Education in 1847, when the concept of free public education was new and even controversial, especially at the higher education level. Founder Townsend Harris declared at the time, “Open the doors to all. Let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct, and intellect.”
Today CCNY remains alive and active, with tuition and fees that are low enough to make it affordable for people who might otherwise be deprived of the opportunity for high-quality college education. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
CCNY’s School of Engineering, whose origins date to 1853, is today the only public engineering school within New York City. It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs. In addition, it ranks among the most diverse in the country.
About Andrew S. Grove
Perhaps no one exemplifies the journey from immigrant beginnings through The City College of New York to national and international leadership better than Andrew S. Grove. Born in Hungary, he fled the Soviet repression of the 1956 uprising and came to the United States at the age of 20.
After graduating from CCNY in 1960 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined the research and development department at Fairchild Semiconductor.
Five years later, he participated in the founding of Intel Corporation, the pioneering semiconductor company that produced the first microprocessor and helped enable the personal computer and the Internet revolution.
Dr. Grove spent 26 years at Intel’s helm as president, chief executive officer and chairman. He resigned as chairman in 2005 and remains Senior Advisor.
Dr. Grove has written over 40 technical papers and six books on technology and management. His first, Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Devices, has been used as a textbook at many leading universities. He has taught engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and strategic management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
A Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Grove has received honorary doctorates from The City College of New York (1985), Worcester Polytechnic University (1989) and Harvard University (2000). In addition, he is a Board Member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and National Chair of the Campaign for the University of California San Francisco, and is actively involved with the Grove Foundation, a private philanthropy. He was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1997.
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