Thursday, June 09, 2005

Philanthropy carries a whiff of scandal

Philanthropy carries a whiff of scandal: "Philanthropy carries a whiff of scandal
Colleges feel awkward when donors run afoul of the law
Sunday, June 05, 2005
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's hard not to like an alum who's so wildly successful he can pledge millions for campus construction and entice world-renowned musicians to perform for his small-town alma mater.
Alberto Vilar, a 1962 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, did exactly those things. As an investment wizard, a global patron of the arts and a college trustee, Vilar became a deep-pocketed symbol of campus pride as visible as the Vilar Technology Center, so named in 1999 for his $18.1 million pledge, the largest in the college's history."

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