Jean C. Tempel '65 speaks at the dedication of Tempel Green.
The College's sweeping green, the central space on campus with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound, was dedicated May 22 to a woman whose leadership helped put Connecticut College among top liberal arts colleges today.
Jean C. Tempel, managing general partner of First Light Capital in Boston and a former vice chair of the College's Board of Trustees, is a long-time supporter of her alma mater. She has endowed professorships and financed scholarships, was instrumental to the development of the computer science program and is a strong advocate and supporter of new science facilities.
The Jean C. Tempel '65 Green -- including a semi-circular granite outdoor classroom that bears her name -- was officially dedicated before a crowd of trustees, faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the College.
As chair of the Finance Committee in the late 1990s, Tempel helped the College through a major financial challenge. Her financial support and strong leadership also helped the college establish the conservative financial management practices that continue today and have enabled the College to advance, even during this challenging economic environment.
"She made all the difference to the future of this College. Her leadership brings us to where we are today," said James S. Berrien '74, current chair of the Board.
President Higdon added his own thanks on behalf of the college. "The long sweep of Tempel Green before us represents the promise of this institution. It is viewed by many as the truest representation of the College," he said. "No one understands the promise of Connecticut College more than you. It is so right that it carries your name."
Read more about Tempel in the June issue of CC:Connecticut College Magazine, arriving in homes this week.