Gosnell family donates $5 million to RIT

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Georgia Gosnell

During his lifetime, Thomas Gosnell served as a model of generosity through a commitment of time and resources in support of RIT. His legacy endures as RIT celebrates the dedication of the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences.

Gosnell’s wife, Georgia, joined RIT President Bill Destler to participate in the celebration on May 2. That formal announcement accompanied a $5 million deferred commitment from Georgia Gosnell to benefit the school, which incorporates the university’s academic programs in biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and molecular bioscience, and environmental science—all housed within RIT’s College of Science.

Thomas Gosnell, who passed away in 2009, served 15 years on RIT’s Board of Trustees and was board chairman from 1987 to 1992. His commitment to the university included significant financial contributions, most notably a $3 million challenge grant that helped expand and enhance facilities for the College of Science. Gosnell Hall, featuring the Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Technology, was dedicated upon its completion in 1998.

When the gift of $5 million is realized, it will target multiple functions, including renovations and enhancements to classrooms and laboratories in Gosnell Hall. Funds will also be directed in support of faculty recruitment and undergraduate research fellowships.