Anonymous donor gifts $100,000

MOUNT VERNON – A class of 1967 alumnus has pledged an unrestricted gift of $100,000 to Cornell College as the Extraordinary Opportunities Campaign nears its $92 million goal.

The donor wished the gift to remain anonymous, but encourages other alumni and friends to step forward during this crucial juncture in the college’s history. As an unrestricted gift, the $100,000 will be utilized for the greatest needs of the college.

“Given the effect the nation’s economy has had on so many friends and alumni of the Hilltop the significance of this gift cannot be stated enough,” said Peter Wilch, vice president for alumni and college advancement. “This is a very generous response to the current crisis and will help to ensure that Cornell will continue to offer our students an exceptional education.”

This gift is part of Cornell College’s comprehensive campaign Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College which will continue through December 2009. The campaign will enhance the Cornell experience by increasing the college’s endowment, upgrading its facilities, and enhancing the academic program.

For more information about the campaign or making a gift, visit or contact Peter Wilch, Vice President for Alumni and College Advancement at 319-895-4315 or