December 12, 2015 |
Henry M. Rowan, 92, an inventive engineer and industrialist whose historic $100 million donation transformed modest Glassboro State College into the regionally acclaimed university that carries his name, died Wednesday at an assisted-living residence in Bucks County. In 1992, Mr. Rowan and his wife, Betty, set the record for the largest gift to a public college in the history of American higher education. While the couple had no connection to the school, they did occupy the same state.
January 11, 2015 |
Doane Academy, a small prep school in Burlington City, was "in pretty tired shape" when John McGee interviewed for the headmaster's job 15 years ago. "Everyone felt tired and discouraged," he told a news conference Friday. Enrollment across all 13 grades was only about 100, the aged brick buildings had grown unsafe, and "financially, we were really up against a wall. " But the threat of bankruptcy that once hovered over this quaint, 178-year-old campus has been banished, perhaps forever.
December 19, 2014 |
The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation will donate $15 million to the engineering school at Rowan University, the second-largest gift in the Glassboro school's history, the school announced Wednesday. The money will create a permanent endowment for the engineering school, which will be renamed the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. "It goes to our foundation and gets invested, and we are going to receive proceeds from this annually forever," said Ali A. Houshmand, the university's president.
June 2, 2014 |
Stroll the former Henry Rowan estate off Bridge Street in Westampton, and you may well appreciate why the prominent industrialist once chose to live on its 83 rustic acres. Its stately brick mansion dates to 1786, and its several brooks meander through woods and alongside farm fields that run for 1,000 feet along the scenic Rancocas Creek. Yet some see it as the perfect spot for ball fields, bleachers, overhead lights, hot dog stands, and parking lots. Which will it be? On Thursday, Burlington County will hold the second of two hearings on its plan to donate to the town of Westampton the former Rowan farmstead, which it acquired in 2007 for $4.5 million.
December 25, 2013 |
GLASSBORO Thanks to the generosity of the family after which it is named, Rowan University will start a doctoral program in engineering that offers a fellowship that will cover tuition and living expenses. A second new program will support engineering undergraduates who want to study abroad, college officials announced Monday. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation has donated $300,000 to start an engineering Ph.D. fellowship. Starting in the fall, one student from each of the College of Engineering's five disciplines - biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical - will have his or her tuition paid in full and receive a living stipend.
October 4, 2013 |
GLASSBORO A slew of state officials and Rowan University administrators gathered Wednesday afternoon on the school's main campus for a ceremonial groundbreaking, marking the start of work on a new engineering building funded in part by a $46 million state grant. The event also served as yet another stop on Gov. Christie's election-year travels across the state touting his education credentials and bipartisanship. The Republican governor and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
March 10, 2013 |
Rowan University will seek state funding for four new buildings that would radically transform its campuses, but acknowledges that the state could provide only a portion of the $350 million the projects will cost. On Monday, Rowan will submit detailed proposals to the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to create or expand facilities for its Rohrer College of Business, College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Osteopathic Medicine. Most of the funding would come from a $750 million fund created by a bond referendum approved in November, the first of its kind in 24 years.
September 14, 2012 |
The pace of development has picked up along Rowan Boulevard, an unassuming road designed to connect the lively Rowan University campus and Glassboro's low-key downtown with the future. A groundbreaking on the boulevard this week, and another set for October, mark the start of construction on a retail, office, and garage complex, and a combined hotel and conference center. "We're looking at other residential, retail, restaurant, and educational components" as well, Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons says.
March 21, 2012 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie insisted Tuesday that he expects action by July 1 on merging Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University, brushing aside objections to the plan one more time, like a weary parent deflecting familiar complaints from his children. "They're going to merge," he said, sounding almost bored, at a news conference in Hamilton Township. "That's what's best for the higher education system in New Jersey. " While Rutgers-Camden students don their red shirts and march outside the State House, and faculty line up at legislative hearings to say they'll leave if asked to merge with Rowan University in Glassboro, Christie's response never wavers.