A retired Ventura College dean of students has given the school a gift expected to total more than $1 million, the largest donation in the school's 63-year history, college officials said.
The donation to the Ventura College Foundation by Mary Guthrie, 81, a history instructor and counselor at the college before her appointment as dean, may be the largest received by any two-year college, Ventura College President Robert Long said.
The gift was announced at a Tuesday meeting of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees.
The college has already received $100,000 from Guthrie to begin construction of a tutoring and testing center. In addition, annual contributions of $75,000 and the bulk of Guthrie's estate upon her death will probably add more than $1 million to college coffers, Long said Tuesday.
"Too many young people can't move up in life because they lack an education," Guthrie said in a statement issued by the college. "I'd like to change that."