Knox receives $1.55 million for languages department

From the Register-Mail:

Thanks to a large donation from alumni, Knox College will open a new language laboratory in the spring and establish a distinguished chair in the modern languages department.

Dr. Richard Burkhardt and Dorothy Burkhardt, both 1939 graduates of the school, gave Knox two gifts totaling $1.55 million, the school announced on Friday. With the first gift of $1.5 million, Knox will name a professor as the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair at the start of the 2010 school year…..
“The Burkhardts are model alumni,” Taylor said. “Their service and generosity is a great example.”

The couple both taught at Ball State University with Richard serving as acting president at Ball State for a time.

The second gift of $50,000 will upgrade the college’s language facilities. The Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt and Richard Burkhardt Lab for Modern Languages will open in spring 2010.

“This is just the next step in their history of generosity to their alma mater,” Taylor said.

The gift come less than a month after an anonymous donor gave the school $2 million to benefit the religious studies program.