July 21st, 2015

The William Fairfield Warren Society is born

BU celebrates WFW founding members

As part of its celebratory gala in New York City’s Gotham Hall, a new and distinguished group of peers—the William Fairfield Warren Society—assembled for the first time.

web_medal The society, chaired by Trustee Richard C. Shipley (Questrom’68, ’72), honors the approximately 120 living individuals and families who have made gifts to Boston University totaling $1 million or more. “The number of donors at that level has more than doubled since The Campaign for Boston University formally kicked off in 2012,” says Shipley. “So we now have critical mass, and we can bring together a truly impressive group of philanthropists who are also great friends of BU.”

The society is named for William Fairfield Warren, BU’s first president.

“It makes perfect sense to lend President Warren’s name to this new society, which celebrates those donors who are laying the foundations for an even greater BU tomorrow.” —Trustee Richard C. Shipley (Questrom’68, ’72)

Warren helped shape a new kind of university: one that would combine undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, be open to all qualified students (including women and minorities), and be explicitly international in its outlook. BU has honored his memory ever since. In 2008, for example, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship was established to recognize and celebrate great faculty leaders at BU.

“Given that tradition,” says Shipley, “it makes perfect sense to lend President Warren’s name to this new society, which celebrates those donors who are laying the foundations for an even greater BU tomorrow.”

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