Alumna gives Wilson College $2.3 million to repair library

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Wilson College has received a $2.3 million gift to repair the college library.

"The gift is in recognition of the fact that I love Wilson very much," said Wilson alumna Sue Davison Cooley, a philanthropist from Portland, Ore. "I am a very, very big fan of Wilson. I think it has much to give for women, and men too. It's a great place."

Cooley's gift to the Reimagining the John Stewart Memorial Library fund raiser will net the college a total of $4.6 million, under the terms of a matching gift provided last year by Wilson alumna Marguerite Lenfest of Huntingdon Valley.

With the donation and match, the campaign has raised $9.6 million in cash and pledges for the $12 million library project.

Cooley's "extraordinarily generous gift" means that the college has hit its target of having 80 percent of total costs in hand before breaking ground on the library project, according to Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick.

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