Generous Gift to Help Ignite Passion for Public Service

At the 2024 Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture, held on Feb. 22, Hartwick College Interim President Jim Mullen unveiled a quarter-million-dollar matching gift for the Hartwick Institute of Public Service, generously pledged by Hartwick College Trustee Raymond “Larry” Miller ’73. The announcement of the gift, totaling $250,000 over five years, preceded a lecture by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McIntire ’85, entitled “Investigative Journalism and Democracy.”

Rude Lecture Program Mike McIntire speaking in Anderson Theater, Hartwick College
Mike McIntire speaking in Anderson Theater, Hartwick College
Hartwick College Interim President James H. Mullen, Jr.

“The hope is that this matching gift will inspire others to join Trustee Miller in supporting the institute. His commitment to public service in recognition of his late wife, Judith Day, who was an advocate for justice and peace, embodies Hartwick's ideals. We're deeply grateful for his continued leadership, his love for Hartwick and the profound impact this gift will have on our students and the communities they serve.”

James Mullen

Interim President

The funds will provide students with paid internships in local and county government, and help inspire and encourage their peers to vote, get involved in democracy and assist area nonprofits.

Miller’s gift will also be used to support programming focused on strengthening democracy and the rule of law, including lectures such as the one being held on March 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Judith Day Apartments community room. The lecture, in recognition of Day’s service to local and state government in New Hampshire, is entitled “Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Leaders” and will feature a panel discussion with local and regional women officeholders. Following the discussion, students can participate in workshops, craft their own campaigns and explore avenues for civic engagement.

As one of Hartwick’s most dedicated supporters, Miller has contributed to many College initiatives – his most recent being a $2 million gift that was recognized with the renaming of the College’s living-learning apartment community in honor of his late wife, Judith Day. The new name – the Judith Day Apartments, nicknamed “The Judy”- was officially revealed at a ribbon-cutting ceremony during True Blue Weekend in the fall of 2023.

To follow Trustee Miller’s lead, gifts to the Institute of Public Service can be made here.

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