NORWICH ALUMNUS PLEDGES $2.5 MILLION TO NORWICH FOREVER! CAMPAIGN

Bob Mack, a 1964 alumnus and former Trustee of Norwich University, recently announced his plans to give the University $2.5 million over the next six years. The announcement came on Friday, April 28, during the spring meeting of the Norwich University Board of Trustees. The unrestricted gift will support the University's Norwich Forever! Capital Campaign, launched in September 2005.

In his announcement, Mack expressed his desire to help propel the University into the new millennium.

"This new campaign will move us to the future," Mack said. "Norwich has a proud history, and I want it to be as relevant in the future as it has been in the past.

A longtime supporter of his alma mater, Mack has given much to the University in the areas of enrollment, education and athletics. Active in recruiting students, he established the Mack Scholarship in 1993, awarded to a member of the Corps of Cadets majoring in English or Business. A past president of the Friends of the Norwich University Library, he has been a strong supporter of Kreitzberg Library's Archives and Special Collections, funding the Special Collections Librarian's position for eight years. He has also supported the University's athletics program by funding various coaching positions. A Trustee from 1995-2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999. As Trustee Emeritus and a President's Diamond Club member of the Partridge Society, he continues to give of his time, energy, advice and resources. With this most recent pledge, Mack has given the University close to $4 million.

After graduating from Norwich in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Mack served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. Following his military service, he worked for several years as a planning engineer in the shipbuilding division of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In 1972, after receiving an MBA and Graduate Certificate of Health Care Management from California State University, Long Beach, he entered the field of health maintenance. In this area, he was the founding CEO of Inland Health Plan, senior VP of what is now Aetna Health Plans, and regional director of FHP International, a health maintenance organization. A resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, he is currently vice chairman and co-founder of D.B. Davis & Company of Guam and Saipan