Ringling College Library Association makes $600,000 gift to Ringling College

SARASOTA – As part its ongoing commitment of support, the Ringling College Library Association (RCLA) presented a gift of $600,000 to Ringling College President Dr. Larry Thompson. RCLA President Emily Walsh and the board of directors presented Dr. Thompson with a check at their May meeting.  The funds are part of RCLA’s most recent gift commitment of $3 million supporting the Alfred R. Goldstein Library and student scholarships.

“RCLA’s ongoing support of Ringling College of Art and Design is crucial to our ability to provide our students not only a state-of-the-art library to enhance their learning and collaboration, but also much-needed financial assistance through scholarship funding,” said Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “We are so very thankful to RCLA for its long-time partnership with Ringling College, and we look forward to many more years of serving Ringling College students together.”

The often sold-out series had disruptions and delays like all other large gathering events since March of 2020 but was able to reset and present the series with speakers beginning in November until wrapping the season in March.  All proceeds from the TOWN HALL Lecture Series support the associations giving to Ringling College.

“Just as we have done since 1981, The RCLA board is pleased to honor our gift commitment to Ringling College of Art and Design,” said RCLA Executive Director Stephanie Grosskreutz. “With commitments of over $11 million, RCLA is one of the largest donors to Ringling College”.

RCLA recently announced the TOWN HALL 2023 line up featuring; Maria Ressa, Michael Phelps, Admiral James Stavridis, Jose Andres and Thomas Friedman.   To learn more about RCLA and the TOWN HALL series visit RCLAssociation.org