in Middletown, Connecticut, has announced a $20 million gift from outgoing board chair and alumnus Joshua ('73) Boger and his wife, Amy Boger.
The largest gift to date to the university's "THIS IS WHY" campaign includes $11 million to establish the Joshua '73 and Amy Boger Endowed Wesleyan Scholarship Program; $3 million to endow the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics (currently held by Professor of Chemistry David L. Beveridge); and $2 million for the Joshua Boger '73, P'06, P'09 Endowed Fund for Student Research, which provided lead funding in 2015 for fifty faculty-mentored student research fellowships. In recognition of the gift, the building that houses the university's Career Center, College of Letters, and Paoletti Art History Wing will be named Boger Hall.
The founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boger earned a BA in chemistry and philosophy from Wesleyan and an MA and doctorate degree in chemistry from Harvard University. He has served on the university's board since 1999 and as board chair since 2009.
"In an age of instant information access, the core skills for the twenty-first century are information curation, critical analysis, and cross-discipline integration. Increasingly, it is apparent that needed progress in complex fields like healthcare innovation requires balance and judgment across technical, social, and political areas," said Boger. "Wesleyan excels at offering precisely this kind of broad and deep engagement in our most important human challenges, and it gives Amy and me great pleasure to support this important mission."