March 22, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: March 22, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury College has received a $1 million gift from the Felix and Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation that will be used to establish an endowment for the College’s Center for International Affairs (CFIA), which will be renamed the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.

The gift will be used by the College to establish an endowment for the center to support current initiatives as well as future programming. The endowment will support the center’s lectures, symposia, executive in residence program, and international colloquia, and provide funding for visits to campus by international leaders, scholars, diplomats, and business people. Middlebury College Acting President Ronald D. Liebowitz said, "This generous gift will make it possible for our faculty and students to engage the most pressing international issues by providing opportunities for them to interact with leaders whose work is directly related to those issues. It is an honor for the College to have the name of such an accomplished and respected alumnus on this vital and stimulating center." Director of the center and associate professor of political science Allison Stanger concurred, and added, "It will be a distinctive pleasure and privilege to direct a center bearing Mr. Rohatyn’s name. We are all deeply grateful."

Felix Rohatyn graduated from Middlebury in 1949. He was the United States ambassador to France from 1997 to 2001. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Rohatyn was a managing director of the investment bank Lazard Freres and Company in New York, which he joined in 1948, becoming a partner in 1961. From 1975 to 1993, he was chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the City of New York, where he managed the negotiations that enabled New York to pull itself out of its financial crisis in the 1970s.

The mission of the CFIA is to support the College’s "international peak of excellence" by enhancing the academic program and advancing global understanding. The center’s activities provide opportunities for Middlebury students to explore international issues through direct interaction with academic authorities and policy makers. The CFIA’s programs are integrated with regular coursework to encourage faculty and students to explore issues across disciplinary regional, and national boundaries.