HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL (HDS) today announced that artist and activist Susan Shallcross Swartz and her husband, James R. Swartz '64, have donated $10 million to establish the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies, in support of new professorships, fellowships, and educational programs. The gift is reportedly among the largest in the school's history.
Susan Shallcross Swartz
Susan Swartz became HDS's first artist in residence in 2005; she subsequently served on the dean's council, and the gift is intended in part to honor the legacy of William A. Graham, who stepped down as dean last June. Read Graham's review of an exhibition of her work here.
In the announcement, Susan Swartz said:
From the beginning of my association with HDS, I was impressed with the leadership of Bill Graham and with the dean's council's commitment to keeping the oldest divinity school in the country a vibrant place of scholarship and reflection. This gift will allow Dean [David N.] Hempton to take the School into the future, and to improve the currency of the leadership that HDS exercises. My hope is that the endowment will inspire scholarship and reinvigorate debate, service, and teaching for generations to come.
Hempton said, "Susan and Jim's extraordinary gift will advance teaching and research in Christianity, one of our core strengths, well into the future."
Source: Harvard Magazine