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Brown Family Gift to Spelman College Supports New Facility for Technology and Innovation in the Arts

March 2023

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the ArtsSpelman College recently received a $10 million gift from Rosemary K. and John W.  Brown to further the College’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

"We deeply appreciate Rosemary and John Brown, and our Board member Janine Brown, for their support of Spelman College and this gift, which takes us a step closer to making the Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the Arts a reality for our campus and surrounding community," said Helene Gayle, M.D., MPH, president of Spelman College. "This investment is a testament to their continued commitment to supporting the education of women, as well as revitalization in the West End community."

The Browns' gift will support the architectural, construction, and equipment costs for the new Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the Arts, scheduled to open in the fall of 2024. The Center will serve as a learning hub for entrepreneurs and innovators and house Spelman’s arts programs and Innovation Lab, giving students access to more cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. The facility will also allow numerous art departments across the campus to gather collectively under one roof and form an energetic community of innovators, collaborators, artists, musicians, and scientists.

"We are pleased to support Spelman College and the transformational educational experiences afforded to Spelman students, especially in the STEAM areas. We have long admired the work of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, and she—in particular—has inspired us to make this gift to the Center for Innovation & the Arts," said Rosemary and John Brown.

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