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Hollerans win national award for leadership support of higher education

Carolyn and Jerry Holleran 
February 14, 2012

T. Jerome and Carolyn McGonigle Holleran ’60 GP’07 have been recognized with a national award honoring their support for higher education – including Connecticut College.

The Council of Independent Colleges presented them with the 2012 Individual Award for Philanthropy in January.

Previous recipients include comedian Bill Cosby, mutual fund pioneer John Templeton and Alan Pifer, longtime leader of the Carnegie Corp.

The award honors exemplary service, support and inspiration to independent higher education.

“The Hollerans are role models, heroes and good friends of private higher education,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

At Connecticut College, they have endowed the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and take an active interest in the scholars at the Center. They also have been generous supporters of the College’s athletes and athletic programs.

“Their investments have been transformational for our campus and our students,” said President Leo I. Higdon, Jr. “The Hollerans lead by example, and their example is inspiring others – particularly young people – to be engaged in the world and make it a better place through community action, public service and sustainability.”

The Hollerans live in Reading, Penn., where they are longtime supporters of Alvernia University. They have also been a generous supporter of Jerry Holleran’s alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.

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