Dartmouth meets fundraising goal for academic clusters

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HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College says gifts totaling $100 million will allow the college to establish 10 new "academic clusters" focused on urgent world challenges.

As part of President Phil Hanlon's goal of enhancing faculty and student excellence, the college set a goal of securing $100 million in gifts from alumni, parents and friends by the end of 2015 to create the 10 new interdisciplinary groups of faculty members. Together, the clusters will create 30 new faculty positions and dozens of new courses and seminars.

"Our students will benefit tremendously from this investment," said Provost Carolyn Dever. "Learning in an interdisciplinary environment will prepare them to be leaders and problem solvers in demanding times."

Gifts received in December will establish academic clusters concentrating on cybersecurity, cystic fibrosis and engineering challenges in extremely cold regions. Previously announced clusters include those devoted to topics such as health care delivery, global poverty and digital humanities.

In addition to the $100 million, a match of $5 million per cluster, courtesy of a historic $100 million gift to Dartmouth in 2014, will support programming, research, travel and other activities.

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