Major, Planned & Endowed Giving
We are pleased to announce that the Longwood University College of Arts and Sciences has been named in honor of longtime benefactors Dr. John Randall Cook and Dr. Waverly Manson Cole, who together have made a $5 million gift commitment to the university. This unprecedented gift commitment will be in the form of an endowment to support the College of Arts and Sciences through scholarship funding and to meet programming and operational needs.
The Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences has been named "in recognition and appreciation for their beneficence to Longwood University, their devotion to higher education and the betterment of humankind," according to the plaque that will hang in all of the academic buildings that make up the college. A dedication ceremony took place at the annual holiday dinner of the President's Circle on Dec. 3, two days after the board of visitors approved the designation.
Dr. Cook, who is among Longwood's first male graduates, and Dr. Cole, whose late mother attended Longwood, have supported the institution over the years through generous outright and deferred gifts. The Richmond residents' philanthropy has extended to numerous other charitable causes as well.
"We are extremely proud to name the College of Arts and Sciences after our good friends, John Cook and Waverly Cole," Dr. Patricia P. Cormier says. "This is the first of our three colleges to be named, and it is both fitting and proper that the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences be named in honor of two extraordinary gentlemen who have done so much for Longwood."
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