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August 21, 1992 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When she was a coed in the Great Depression, she had a raccoon coat and a black Buick. When she died last year, she had a half-million dollars. In between, Doris Virginia Broome taught third grade for 40 years and lived a quiet, conservative life, with few frills and fewer confidences. So nearly everyone who knew her was surprised when she willed her small fortune to a college whose reunions she had stopped attending. Doris Virginia Broome has made Glassboro State's bright summer a little brighter.
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December 23, 1992 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Wearied by speculation and controversy, industrialist Henry Rowan yesterday made public the previously unreleased document that outlines his plan to give Rowan College of New Jersey $100 million over the next 11 years. And guess what? It's deceptively simple. All it is is a sort of written handshake, a plainly stated letter of intent that is less than three pages long. It took months of negotiation to reach the point at which the letter could be drafted, said college trustees chairman Steven Weinstein, whose law firm donated $50,000 of work to write the legal documents for the gift, but in the end Rowan decided on a short, straightforward letter that he composed himself.
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December 17, 1992 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It looks like those union employees' children will be able to get a college education on Henry Rowan after all. Rowan, the millionaire industrialist who gave Glassboro State College $100 million and a new name in July, said last night he was willing to let union members' children apply for the $3 million scholarship fund that was part of his gift to the school, now known as Rowan College of New Jersey. At first the fund had been limited to children of some 4,000 nonunion employees, the lion's share of the workforce at Rowan's 60 companies worldwide, including Inductotherm Industries, a Rancocas-based builder of industrial furnaces.
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December 19, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 3, 1998 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bucks County voters in the 143d District will elect a state representative in a special election to replace former Rep. Joe Conti today. Residents of Doylestown and New Hope Boroughs and Doylestown, Buckingham, Solebury, Plumstead, Bedminster, Tinicum, Nockamixon and Bridgeton Townships can vote at their usual polling places today for any of three candidates with ties to the Republican Party. Republican Charles McIlhinney Jr., Republican-turned-Democrat Henry Rowan, and Republican-turned-Independent Tim Brought are on the ballot.
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December 25, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 15, 1992 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Rowan College Board of Trustees, flush with its new-found wealth, voted to spend $350,000 of it last night. The money, which represents nearly two-thirds of what the college has predicted it will earn this year from Henry Rowan's initial gift of $25 million, will be used to finance various programs and changes brought about by the college's name change. For example, $72,000 will be spent on new athletic uniforms and $17,000 on new athletic brochures. A revised college catalogue will cost $25,000 and a firm that is supposed to market the new name will cost $35,000.
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October 18, 2002 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Rowan University President Donald Farish announced a $22 million capital campaign yesterday, the first such fund-raising effort in the school's history. What was then Glassboro State College made higher education history in 1992 when industrialist Henry Rowan gave $100 million to fund an engineering school and create an endowment at the college. Other Rowan supporters should give in that spirit to the capital campaign, which will be used to offset the state-funded operating budget by funding student scholarships, adding professional chairs and improving facilities, Farish said.
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January 7, 1995 | By Sonya Senkowsky, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ever since industrialist Henry Rowan gave the former Glassboro State College $100 million three years ago to start an engineering school, his dream has existed mainly in the minds of those working to make it real. As early as 1997, it might have a more concrete address: a site on the college's own property, adjacent to its football field and just off Bowe Boulevard. Engineering dean James H. Tracey revealed the proposed site yesterday during an executive committee meeting of the Rowan College Foundation board, which oversees the $100 million donation.
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March 10, 2005 | By Terry Bitman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In another move that bolsters its prominence in South Jersey, Rowan University yesterday received a $10 million endowment from the foundation of a late business leader to enhance its business school. The gift is the largest to the university since industrialist Henry Rowan pledged $100 million 13 years ago and Glassboro State College was renamed in his honor. The result of the latest gift is that Rowan's College of Business will be renamed the William G. Rohrer School of Business, subject to approval by the university's board of trustees.
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January 11, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 19, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 25, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 4, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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March 10, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 14, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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March 21, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 13, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Salva worked at a convenience store and an accounting firm to help pay his way through Glassboro State College. He also received federal aid for students with financial need. Thirty-five years later, Salva is giving back to the school - renamed Rowan University - in a big way. The Comcast senior vice president and his wife, Rita, of Princeton, have pledged nearly $1.1 million to the Rowan University Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for students at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
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