The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation Awards $10 Million to Tri-C to Establish The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center
March 12, 2015
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Gift is largest in the history of Cuyahoga Community College
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Mandel Supporting Foundations have awarded a $10 million gift to the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Foundation to establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.
The donation — the largest ever received by the College — will create a center focused on creating civically responsible citizens who will lead Northeast Ohio toward a stronger economic and social future.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center will bring together faculty, students and community members to participate in classes, seminars, lectures and special events that will contribute to the development of civic engagement.
The College’s existing Liberal Arts and Performing Arts building on the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills will be renamed the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. A renovation on the second floor will create a technology-rich environment that includes areas for individual computer use, collaborative computer-based learning and teleconferencing, along with dedicated classroom space and areas for collaborative study, quiet study and individual learning.
“Over the last 13 years, our Foundation has supported Tri-C because we believe in the College’s mission. We are pleased to join President Alex Johnson and the Tri-C leadership team in producing enthusiastic graduates for our community,” said Morton Mandel, Chairman of the Foundation. “Our Foundation is committed to leadership and the advancement of higher education, and this grant furthers that mission.”
The gift will establish a permanent endowment within the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation to support the Center and its specific initiatives. It will establish a chair for a dean of humanities to lead the Center.
In addition, a Scholars Academy will be formed to create a holistic experience providing innovative educational activities to high-performing students. It is anticipated that at least 200 students will be selected annually for the Academy and offered scholarships by the Foundation.
“Cuyahoga Community College will now place an even stronger emphasis on liberal arts education. Scholarly engagement in the humanities is indispensable for producing well-rounded students who are prepared to transition into public and private four-year institutions and become informed citizens and community and national leaders,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Mandel Supporting Foundations. We are pleased to partner with them to invest in the future of our region by supporting excellence in students dedicated to bettering our world.”
The Mandel Foundation has been a long-term partner of Tri-C through support of the College’s Mandel Leadership Development Program for faculty and staff. The College will continue to enhance and maintain The Mandel Leadership Development Program.
Tri-C also will create a Center Advisory Board to provide for identifying and addressing challenges that impact local communities and provide feedback to faculty and students on their community service and experiential learning activities.
About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
The primary mission of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation is to provide outstanding leadership for the nonprofit world. The Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at selected universities. The Foundation believes that exceptional leaders are the critical factor that enables organizations to contribute most significantly to society.