Galloway, NJ – On Wednesday afternoon, Dean C. Pappas, a member of Stockton University’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Zoe S. Pappas, committed $250,000 to the University Foundation to establish a Greek Art and Architecture Fund that will provide students with new learning experiences.
By Maryjane Briant
“Zoe and I want to give Stockton students the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for Greek art and architecture, which are pillars of Western civilization and embody Greek culture’s principles of excellence and reaching one’s full potential,” Trustee Pappas explained.
The Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Greek Art and Architecture Fund will be used to provide Stockton students with a variety of opportunities to learn through study tours, museum trips, visits from noted scholars, access to scholarly materials and other experiences that go beyond the classroom. The gift was signed during a Board of Trustees meeting.
“Stockton University is incredibly fortunate that Dean and Zoe Pappas have such vision and the enduring commitment to provide our students with opportunities to expand their range of interests and deepen their knowledge of the world,” said Acting President Harvey Kesselman. “This gift adds another facet to the living, learning legacy they have established at Stockton for students and the whole community.”
The Pappas’ previously donated $1 million to establish the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund to bring noted scholars and thought leaders to the University for classes, workshops and public events. Retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the series’ inaugural speaker.
The new fund will be administered by the director of the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies, with approval from the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and in accordance with University policies.
Stockton’s Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies is being renamed to honor the Pappas’ generosity and commitment to scholarship. In 2012, they had donated $150,000 to endow the work of the center.