Alumnus gives $1 million to Grove City College

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Grove City College today announced a $1 million gift from Richard G. Staley, a member of the class of 1962.

Most of the gift -- $750,000 -- will be used for a laboratory in STEM Hall, a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics buildilng that opened in August.

The remainder -- $250,000 -- is for the college's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Staley is being honored with his name on the lab and a visionary entrepreneurship lecture series.

Staley, a Natrona Heights native, is the founder of Flavor House Inc. and Staley Equipment Corp., both in Southern California.

In a news release Jeff Prokovich, vice president for advancement at Grove City College, said, “Richard Staley’s gift will provide students with the kind of technical knowledge they’ll need to succeed in industry or academia and the inspiration to strike out on their own and turn an idea into a need-meeting, job-creating enterprise."

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.

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