Utica College receives largest cash gift ever from Howland trust

Utica College received $2.3 million from the Lotis B. Howland trust, the largest cash donation in the college’s history.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 4:17 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 6:14 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica College received $2.3 million from the Lotis B. Howland trust, the largest cash donation in the college’s history.

Laura Casamento, president of Utica College, says the money will be used for initiatives at the school, like technology upgrades and safety improvements on campus.

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“Ms. Howland’s generosity will enrich the Utica College community and positively affect the educational experience for current and future generations of UC students in many ways,” said Casamento.

Some of the funds will also support development projects, including expanding the Gordon Science Center and growing the new Intercultural and Student Organization Center.

Part of the donation will also go toward the college’s endowment fund.

"We are obviously very excited in terms of the impact that this very generous gift will have on our students and our college, and the community as well," said Todd Pfannestiel, vice president for academic affairs.

The donation from the Howland trust is the second largest the college has received overall, following a $3 million gift of real estate from F. Eugene Romano.

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