Noteworthy: Alumni gifts elevate two of Gettysburg’s strongest majors

Headshot of David Brennan ’75, P’00 on the left and Daria Lo Presti Wallach ’76 on the right
David Brennan ’75, P’00 (left) and Daria Lo Presti Wallach ’76 (right)

David Brennan ’75, P’00, chair of the Board of Trustees, delivered a resounding endorsement of Gettysburg’s new Business, Organizations, and Management major this past fall by committing $3.5 million to fund a matching challenge to raise an additional $3.5 million to endow the innovative academic offering.

“I attribute the success I had in my career to my Gettysburg education,” said Brennan, retired CEO of AstraZeneca. “It is my hope—in fact, my obligation—to do all that I can to ensure that future generations of Gettysburgians are as prepared as I was to serve as business leaders and engaged citizens in our complex and fast-changing world. I know there are others like me who owe a debt of gratitude to Gettysburg College, and I urge them to join me in supporting this essential and impactful program.”

Brennan’s gift was followed by the generous establishment of a $1.5 million endowment to create The Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach Professorship of Peace and Justice Studies. Daria Lo Presti Wallach ’76, a distinguished alumna and member of the President’s Advisory Circle, is a longtime champion of the liberal arts. She believes Peace and Justice Studies has enduring value and will become ever more vital to society in the future.

“I applaud the College’s visionary commitment to Peace and Justice Studies and am pleased to contribute to advancing the important work of preparing students for lives of meaning and consequence,” said Wallach.

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