Wednesday 3 October 2018 2:26pm
A Court of Benefactors dinner held at the Staff Club last month enabled the University to thank its major donors for their ongoing support and to brief them on new developments.
Speakers included the Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) Professor Tony Ballantyne, Professor of Earthquake Science Mark Stirling, and clinical director of the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group Professor Bridget Robinson.
Dr Somerville says the dinner was timely as the University heads into its sesquicentennial year and he spoke about the opportunities this presents to celebrate Otago’s rich heritage and its exciting future.
“The philanthropy of the Presbyterian Church in the Otago and Southland region contributed greatly to the University’s foundation in 1869.”
This culture of philanthropy continues to be important today.
“The generosity of donors – individuals and organisations – often reflects their desire to contribute to the University in areas where they have a personal passion. Their selfless support of higher education, research and the community outreach undertaken at Otago makes it possible for the University to pursue its principal objective of benefiting human well-being,” he says.
The Court of Benefactors was established in 2006 to recognise the contributions of major donors ($1 million and more) to the University. September’s dinner recognised the admittance of eight new benefactors to the Court.