Bowdoin has received a major gift from Philip Schiller and Kim
Gassett-Schiller of Half Moon Bay, California, that will allow the
College to substantially expand opportunities for students
studying oceans and the environment at its Coastal Studies Center.
Through the support of a $10-million gift from the Schillers,
Bowdoin will be able to construct a state-of-the-art dry
laboratory connected to the Center’s existing marine laboratory
and a convening center. The convening center will include
modernized classrooms, housing, and dining facilities for
students, faculty, and visiting scholars. It will also serve as a
facility for retreats, dialogue, and collaboration among local and
national leaders working to address critical issues of coastal and
A great cause, and, I suspect, a fast-growing area of interest for students.