CLAREMONT, Calif., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Campaign for Claremont McKenna surged past the $600-million mark this week with the announcement of a $50-million unrestricted gift from trustee and alumnus George R. Roberts '66 P'93.
The College now has achieved not only the largest goal in its 66-year history, but also the largest campaign ever staged in liberal arts college history.
In honor of Roberts' extraordinary gift, the Board of Trustees will designate a new fitness and athletic facility as The Roberts Pavilion.Board Chairman Harry T. McMahon '75 P'08 P'09, praises Roberts for the wide-ranging impact of his philanthropy at CMC and the decisive role of his gift in reaching the Campaign goal. " Claremont McKenna College teaches leadership, George Roberts lives it...at the highest standard," McMahon says. "His entrepreneurial zeal and vision for making the College the best it can be has been one of our greatest blessings. George's dedication to his alma mater has had a tremendous impact on virtually all aspects of life at CMC...and for that we cannot thank him enough." Designed by award-winning Los Angeles-based JFAK Architects, the Roberts Pavilion will replace the 55,000-square-foot Ducey Gymnasium with a 120,000-square-foot, three-level facility. At more than double the size of Ducey, the Roberts Pavilion will support the College's co-educational program of 21 varsity sports (including an arena for basketball and volleyball that satisfies NCAA regulations) and its leadership in Division III of SCIAC. The building will also house the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. "CMC is a place that continues to grow and excel, and it is a privilege to support its terrific momentum," Roberts says. "We have a great community here. Our student-athletes have the right attitude for both work and play. They deserve a fitness and athletic facility that mirrors the quality of their educational and residential experiences. I am honored that the CMC Board of Trustees has chosen to recognize my unrestricted gift by naming The Roberts Pavilion."