OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — Stevenson University is getting a nice boost from an anonymous donor who recently gave the school $1 million.

The donation will help fund construction of the university’s new 42,000-square-foot library, which will be named after local entrepreneur Philip A. Zaffere.

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Besides the library, the donation will also help cover the cost of developing and outfitting a new laboratory for Stevenson’s biomedical engineering program, as well as two four-year presidential scholarships.

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“We are profoundly grateful to this University friend and supporter for their extraordinary generosity,” said Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., President of Stevenson. “The faith of our donors in our student-focused mission is inspiring. On behalf of our leadership and our entire campus community, I extend our deepest gratitude to our good friend for this transformative gift.”

The scholarships, the archives and the dean’s suite in the Zaffere Library and a space in the new laboratory will be named after Nicholas F. Mueller Jr., a longtime advisor, trustee and board chair at the school when it was previously known as Villa Julie College.

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Construction on the new library is anticipated to begin this fall.

CBS Baltimore Staff