T. Rowe Price executive from Owings Mills donates $2.5 million to Kenyon

Gift from R. Todd Ruppert will bolster alma mater's international studies program

May 17, 2010|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

A T. Rowe Price executive who lives in Owings Mills has donated $2.5 million to Ohio's Kenyon College to create an endowed professorship and support other improvements to the school's international studies program.

R. Todd Ruppert is president and chief executive officer of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services. The 1978 Kenyon graduate said his experience with international business has convinced him of the growing importance of preparing students to work around the world.

"We live in a global community that becomes more interconnected and interdependent minute by minute," Ruppert said. "We need to be prepared to engage with this global community to understand its nuances and to put ourselves in a position to succeed. To do this, we need global perspective and global fluency."

David Rowe, director of Kenyon's international studies program, said the gift "has presented a landmark opportunity to shape the future of generations to come."

International studies is one of the top five majors at the Ohio liberal arts college.

Ruppert, a Kenyon trustee and former All-American swimmer, has also given substantial gifts to the college's dramatic arts and swimming programs. His gifts total about $4 million.

Kenyon spokesman Mark Ellis said Ruppert's gift was one of the top contributions to a $230 million capital campaign. The largest came from another alumnus, the late actor Paul Newman, who gave $10 million.

childs.walker@baltsun.com

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