At a news conference today, CCSU
President Jack Miller announced
that the University is receiving
its largest gift ever, $8 million,
from the Carol A. Ammon Foundation.
As a gesture of gratitude, the Connecticut
State University Board of Trustees
has voted to name the CCSU School
of Arts & Sciences the Carol A.
Ammon School of Arts & Sciences. The gift will be used to fund student scholarships and academic program support.
“I am very pleased to announce this
historic gift for the University,”
said Miller. “This gift, for which
we are deeply grateful, comes from
one of our most illustrious graduates.
Carol Ammon’s passion for learning and success in life serve as an inspiration to all our students.
Her wonderful generosity will make
an important difference in our students’
lives for generations to come. This
is particularly important for CCSU,
where many of our students must
balance work and family responsibilities
while pursuing their education.”
Ammon, who now lives in Delaware, is a native
of Hyde Park, NY, and graduated from Central
in 1973 with a B.A. in biology. She is the
chairman of the board and a trustee of the
Christiana Care Health System, headquartered
in Delaware. She is best known for her achievements
from 1997 to 2007 as the founder and chief
executive officer of Endo Pharmaceuticals
Inc., in Chadds Ford, PA., which specializes
in pain management. At her retirement
in 2007, Ammon’s company employed 1,000
people and net sales were reported in excess
of $1 billion.
For Ammon, this gift to CCSU is about paying
back the University that gave her academic focus and subsequent direction in her life.
“I am deeply grateful to CCSU and to the
professors who helped me discover my passion
for science and my joy for learning,” says
Ammon. “I felt at home at Central,
and the environment there stimulated me.
My experiences at Central, including the
mentoring I received and the confidence
I developed, helped establish the foundation
for my financial and career success. Now
I want to do the same thing for others who
want an excellent education.”
For more on this story, including a brief
biography of Ammon and a video clip of an
interview with Ammon and CCSU Professor