BURLINGTON — Champlain College plans to use a $10 million gift from the founder of Vermont’s Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to improve business education at the school, which focuses on preparing students for the world of work when the graduate, officials said Monday.
The gift from Robert and Christine Stiller will be used to improve business education at the school, which has about 2,700 traditional and adult students.
The money will enable the newly named Robert P. Stiller Business School to fund two faculty chairs as well as an endowment fund to focus on certain management theories and practice and help fund capital projects.
“We have great faith in Champlain College. What they have accomplished over the past 20 years is truly remarkable and we have full confidence in its leadership and faculty,” Stiller said. “We want to help Champlain accomplish its goals and vision to become the finest small, professionally and globally focused college in the United States.”
Champlain President David Finney said Monday that the Stiller School of Business would become a national leader in teaching certain management practices and building thinking skills.
The gift “will create a competitive advantage for Champlain’s graduates and for Vermont’s businesses and entrepreneurs,” Finney said.
The gift is the largest in the college’s 134-year history.
Business School Dean Dave Strubler said Champlain provides a “radically pragmatic education.”
The goal is for its students “to be ready for life, ready for work, ready for anything,” he said.
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