Norwich University Renews Agreement for a 5-Year Gift to the Town of Northfield to Support Public Services


Oct. 25, 2017

Norwich University officials announced that the university has renewed a five-year agreement to donate funds to its hometown of Northfield to support public services beginning in 2018 (pictured at left).

This is the third such arrangement between the university and the town. On Friday, June 23, 2017, Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider presented a check for $78,286 to Northfield Police Chief Bill Jennings, Northfield Fire Chief Peter DeMasi and Chief of Ambulance Services Lawton Rutter. The funds were a gift to support public services and includes annual payments as well as university support for procuring certain critical equipment for first responders. The gift was the final installment of a five-year, voluntary arrangement between the university and the town designed to promote excellent “town-gown” relations.

The new agreement increases Norwich’s donation to the town by 150 percent from $80K in 2017 to $200K in 2018.

“Norwich University values its relationship with the town of Northfield and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such a vibrant, wonderful community,” President Richard W. Schneider said.

Under the agreement, which will run from 2018-2022, the Norwich gift is unrestricted to go to the highest priority of the town as determined by the selectboard, with a small portion dedicated to the capital equipment fund for the Fire Department to support the eventual replacement of the aerial ladder truck.

“The Town of Northfield appreciates Norwich University’s support, and the Town looks forward to working with Norwich on future projects and agreements,” Northfield Town Manager Jeff Schulz said.

Along with the financial support to the town, Norwich will continue to be a good neighbor by donating (or offering at discounted rates) facilities and resources to local groups and organizations. This new agreement continues Norwich’s long-standing support of Northfield’s emergency services, infrastructure, and capital projects.

Editor’s note: Pictured above is Town Manager Jeff Schulz, Selectperson Julie Goodrich, Norwich CFO & Treasurer Lauren Wobby, and Selectboard Vice-Chair K. David Maxwell

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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