In March, Marlboro College announced the completion of funding for the Luis C. Batlle Chair in Music, the first fully endowed chair at the college. The chair serves as a fitting tribute to longtime music faculty member and Marlboro Music School and Festival mentor Luis Batlle (pictured, right), who retired in 2010.
The chair endowment reached the full amount of $1.4 million thanks to a generous final anonymous donation of $650,000. A total of 34 donors have contributed more than $1.2 million over a period of 13 years, with an additional $200,000 in earnings. Donations include $50,000 from the Alexander Schneider Foundation, which commemorates the eminent violinist and fellow Marlboro Music mentor Sasha Schneider.
“We are thrilled to have the Luis Batlle Chair fully funded, with the generous help of many dear friends and supporters,” said Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, former president. “Luis is an exemplary teacher and musician, and has been a vital link between the college and Marlboro Music for more than 30 years.”
The Luis Batlle Chair fund will remain permanently restricted, with only the annual income being applied to defray the salary of an honored music faculty member. Music professor Stan Charkey, who has been teaching music at the college since 1977, is the current holder of Marlboro’s very first endowed chair.
Other endowed chair funds that have been initiated, and await complete funding, include: the Lillian Farber Chair in Technology and the Liberal Arts; the Walter and Flora Bishop Hendricks Chair in English Literature, Poetry, and Creative Writing; the Roland W. Boyden Chair in History and Philosophy; and the Christian A. Johnson Chair in Visual Arts.