Holy Cross receives $25 million for arts performance facility
February 19, 2013
Holy Cross, a private liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts, recently announced it received $25 million gift from an alumnus. Cornelius B. Prior, Jr., made the donation in support of the arts and has earmarked the funds for a new performance facility on campus. Participation in arts programs is an important part of classroom and extracurricular education at Holy Cross.
"My hope is that this gift creates a visible and integrated way for my grandson Benjamin Ritter, a freshman at Holy Cross today, and for all Holy Cross students, to experience the arts during their four years here," Prior said recently when announcing the gift. Prior graduated from the college in 1956 before attending Harvard Law School and becoming an attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.
Prior has always been a proponent of the arts and is currently a director of the Kneisel Music School in Blue Hill, Maine, and a chairman of the Caribbean and Central American Action (CCAA).
"[This] gift is a reflection of [Prior's] unwavering belief in the importance of a Holy Cross education - and how the study and experience of the arts are essential to that education," president Reverend Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. added.
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