A Lafayette College trustee has given the Easton school one of the largest contributions in its history.
Alumnus Kent Rockwell has given Lafayette a $27.9 million contribution to support the school's science and technology programs, the college announced Monday.
“Lafayette is committed to becoming a leader in offering innovative educational programs in fields at the intersection of the life sciences, technology, and engineering," college President Alison Byerly said in a news release. "Kent Rockwell’s vision and generosity will enable us to strengthen our efforts in this area significantly.”
The news release says the gift will support a new science facility at the college.
Rockwell graduated from Lafayette in 1966, and is chairman and CEO of Rockwell Venture Capital, Inc. and Rockwell Forest Products, as well as chairman of Strata Proximity Systems, which makes safety systems for mines.
He is also a member of the school's board of trustees, having been elected to his second term in 2009.