Largest Single Donation in College History

Pictured above: President Espy shares news with faculty and staff about the historic gift.

Mitchell College President Tracy Y. Espy announced that Mitchell College was gifted its single largest gift in its 84-year history. The $3 million gift was given by an anonymous donor and includes a challenge match of $1 million, raising the potential benefit to $4 million.

“This historic gift comes at a transformational moment for Mitchell College….Building on the College’s remarkable foundation of delivering an outstanding educational experience to students of all learning styles, Mitchell College aligns our mission with the future of higher education.”

— Tracy Espy, Ph.D., President, Mitchell College

For Mitchell, this future includes an array of pathways for students to achieve their goals, in both career and service, offering expert supports to ensure student success.  Our tremendously generous donor recognizes the unique commitment and ability of Mitchell College to offer exceptional education for a kaleidoscope of learners, representing the spectrum of diversity in race, gender, class, ethnicity and neurodiversity.”

“We are deeply grateful to our generous donor, as well as to President Espy – whose unwavering commitment to further propel Mitchell College’s distinctive competence of creating a culture of belonging and educational excellence for the full diversity of learners inspired our compassionate benefactor to support Mitchell’s remarkable future.”

— Richard D’Avino, Chair, Mitchell College Board of Trustees

The donor of the $3 million to Mitchell prefers to remain anonymous, but stated, “I fully support the Mitchell College mission, the welcoming environment where all diversity is celebrated and all potential is realized, and President Espy’s vision for the future.”