- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - A Mount Vernon native and Cornell College alumnus has given $1 million to the Iowa college for a science facilities expansion.

Jerry Ringer, a retired ophthalmologist in Bloomington, Illinois, and his wife, Carole, donated the money for the college’s $35 million science facilities project. Ringer says he attended Cornell because of its reputation for pre-med studies.

The project will more than double the college’s STEM space with the construction, already under way, of the four-story Russell Science Center and renovations of West Science and portions of Law Hall. In just under two years, the college has exceeded $32 million in gifts toward the project.

Ringer is one of the longest-serving members of Cornell’s Board of Trustees, including serving as board chairman from 1999 to 2002.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide