Gettysburg College establishes Garthwait Leadership Center for students and alumni

Thanks to a significant gift from an alumnus, Gettysburg College has established the new Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC).

The GLC will enable students and alumni to develop leadership skills by providing knowledge, opportunities, and experiences. The GLC's name recognizes the alumnus who has endowed the program, Robert Garthwait, Jr. '82, a trustee of the College and CEO of Cly-Del Manufacturing in Waterbury, Conn.

"This gift will advance the College's mission of preparing students to be active leaders in the 21st century," President Janet Morgan Riggs '77 said. "Bob Garthwait's generous gift will have direct impact on our students and alumni, and I am deeply appreciative of his continuing support of Gettysburg."

As a new department within the College's College Life Division, the GLC will enhance a tradition of leadership at Gettysburg, helping students and alumni recognize their potential as leaders and their responsibility to serve.

Bob Garthwait"As a student, alumnus, and trustee, I have had many great experiences at Gettysburg. It is the responsibility of each of us to give back to the College and further strengthen the experience for future generations," Garthwait said. "The College has a history of strong leadership and through the GLC, more students will have the opportunity to engage in leadership."

Garthwait is the third-generation business owner and credits his leadership skills to his experience at Gettysburg and time spent with his father and grandfather. He has been a strong philanthropic supporter of Gettysburg, offering the Cly-Del Challenge last year in support of the Gettysburg Fund and donating to the Center for Athletics, Recreation, & Fitness. The Garthwait Family name is the 37th to be engraved on the Benefactors Wall, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed $1 million or more to the College.

"Combined with the historically significant context in which Gettysburg students live and learn every day, the GLC will offer a unique experience for students and alumni to explore leadership through many different opportunities," GLC Director Andy Hughes said.

Hughes began as director of the GLC in July. Previously, he served as assistant director of the Explorations program for first-year students and assistant director of student involvement and leadership at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Hughes earned a bachelor's degree majoring in English literature from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The College enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations & news content, 717.337.6801

Posted: Wed, 20 Oct 2010

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