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CCSU Alumni E-News, Special Edition, December 2010

This is  a special edition of the CCSU Alumni ENews.

CCSU Announces Largest Gift Ever; School of Arts & Sciences Renamed

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 David Fearon, please click here.


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