Gift from former Intel exec honors Gettysburg College faculty.
A $1.5 million gift from The Ronald J. Smith & Diane W. Smith Charitable Fund will create an endowed professorship in the Gettysburg College Department of Physics.
The announcement was a surprise ending to a physics colloquium presented on Sept. 21.
The gift is part of Gettysburg Great, A Campaign for Our College, a comprehensive effort to increase support for student scholarships, active learning opportunities like research and internships, faculty and teaching, a renovation of Plank Gymnasium, and the Gettysburg Fund.
At the colloquium, 1972 Gettysburg grad Ron Smith shared insights from his 26-year career with Intel. At the close of the program, College President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 thanked Smith for his presentation and announced that he had funded the professorship. College faculty, students, and guests greeted the news with cheers and applause.
“It was an emotional moment for all of us,” said President Riggs. “This is the first gift of this campaign to endow a faculty position, so it has tremendous symbolic significance, as well as financial impact. We are so very grateful for Ron and Diane’s continued commitment to Gettysburg College.”