$1 Million Anonymous Gift to Support Stevenson’s New Library, Scholarships, and Biomedical Engineering Program

September 20, 2021 7 AM

Stevenson is pleased to announce that an anonymous friend has given $1 million to the University. The gift will support the construction of the University’s new 42,000-square-foot Philip A. Zaffere Library as well as student scholarships and the bachelor’s program in Biomedical Engineering.

“We are profoundly grateful to this University friend and supporter for their extraordinary generosity,” said Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., President of Stevenson. “The faith of our donors in our student-focused mission is inspiring. On behalf of our leadership and our entire campus community, I extend our deepest gratitude to our good friend for this transformative gift.”

In addition to the construction of the Zaffere Library, funds from the gift will be used to support two full four-year Presidential scholarships as well as for the development and equipping of a new laboratory for the University’s Biomedical Engineering bachelor’s program. The scholarships, the Archives and Dean’s Suite in the Zaffere Library, and space in the new Biomedical Engineering lab, will be named in honor of the late Nicholas F. Mueller, Jr., who served for 30 years as an advisor, Trustee, and Board Chair to Stevenson’s predecessor, Villa Julie College.

The Zaffere Library, named in honor of the late Eastern Shore entrepreneur Philip A. Zaffere, will complement the Manning Academic Center and School of Design, creating an academic hub at the Stevenson’s Owings Mills North campus. In addition to resources for student and faculty research and collaboration, facilities for campus events, and faculty offices, the Zaffere Library will be home to the Zirkin Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, named in honor of late Stevenson Associate Dean Barbara Zirkin. Construction on the library is slated to begin this Fall.

Originally founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, Stevenson University serves more than 2,700 undergraduate students at its campus in Owings Mills, Md., as well as students in the University’s new Doctor of Psychology program and more than 1,000 online graduate and bachelor’s students through Stevenson University Online. Stevenson is dedicated to creating connections to careers, a supportive community, and exceptional experiences in and out of the classroom to foster students’ academic, social, and professional success.

Topics: Academics