Knox College gets $1.5 million gift

From the Peoria Journal Star:

Knox College has received a $1.5 million gift to establish a distinguished chair in modern languages.

Dr. Richard W. Burkhardt and Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt, 1939 graduates of Knox, provided the gift. A professor is expected to be named to the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in Modern Languages at the opening of the 2010 academic year.

A separate, $50,000 gift from the Burkhardts will go toward renovation and upgrading of the college’s language laboratory facilities this winter.

“With their most recent gift, Dorothy and Richard Burkhardt continue their history of 70 years of service and generosity to their alma mater,” said Roger Taylor, Knox president.