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Jaffe encourages support for new University Art Museum

by on November 21, 2019 1:19 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK — For nearly 60 years, Bill Jaffe, 1960 bachelor of arts in journalism, has been philanthropically engaged with the university he deeply loves, and as fundraising efforts for the new University Art Museum kicked off, he saw an opportunity to contribute to the arts at Penn State and inspire others to do the same.

Jaffe has contributed $250,000 to construction of the museum building, which would be located adjacent to the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum at Penn State and encompass approximately 68,000 to 73,000 square feet. It has a total project budget of $71.1 million, funded by Penn State’s five-year capital plan that runs through 2023, and that total could increase to as much as $85 million with philanthropic support. Final project plans and costs are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

“The arts at Penn State have been a major part of my life and consume a great deal of my time,” Jaffe said.

“Penn State, following President Barron’s leadership, has made a commitment to the arts at the University that I think is vital. And after hearing about the plans for the museum, I wanted to be a part of it from the start.”

Originally from Philipsburg, Jaffe graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism in 1960 and enjoyed a successful career in human resources before retiring in 1992 as vice president of Towers Perrin, one of the world’s largest management consulting firms.

For information on how to contribute to the new University Art Museum, including naming opportunities and donation structures, contact Robin Seymour, director of major gifts in the College of Arts and Architecture, at (814) 863-7751 or [email protected].


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