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Spitzer $25M Gift Names School Of Architecture At CCNY

August 31, 2009 | Philanthropy at CUNY

Bernard Spitzer believes that education is the springboard of opportunity, and that an educated society is fundamental to the public good and the ideals of a democratic society. He also strongly believes that, “few institutions contribute more faithfully to that overarching goal nor animate that philosophy more successfully than City College.”

So motivated, the noted developer and philanthropist and his wife, Anne, an adjunct English professor who teaches at Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College, last spring made an extraordinary gift of $25 million to City College’s School of Architecture.

Previously the Spitzers had established the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the college. The department’s first endowed chair was filled by the internationally known peace studies expert Randall Forsberg. A 1943 engineering graduate of the school, Mr. Spitzer recently joined his alma mater’s 21st Century Foundation Board.

In honor of their generosity, providing the second largest gift to any architecture school in the country, the school has been named the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College. Its official opening in a new, state-of-the-art building designed by Rafael Viñoly will be celebrated on September 16, 2009. The 118,000 square foot, five-story building is located on 135th Street and Convent Avenue in Harlem on City College’s South Campus.

CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and City College President Gregory H. Williams have hailed the gift as a transformative one for the School of Architecture, one of the university’s crown jewels. The Spitzer gift will give the School of Architecture a national profile by providing supplementary funds to attract the best faculty and provide the resources for them to publish and exhibit work. It also will broaden student perspectives through increased opportunities for study abroad, networking and internships. These will enhance and become an integral part of the City College student experience, reflecting the school’s growing stature as one of the best in the country.

Read more on the City College website.

Submitted by City College