During their 30th reunion gathering this past weekend, Class of 1978 alumni presented a $1,000,000 gift in support of the “Class of 1978 Superintendent’s Endowment”. This gift represents the largest unrestricted class gift to the Superintendent’s Endowment in Academy history. Class of 1978 President Les Szabolcsi and Gift Co-Chairman Charlie Hooker presented the check for $1M to COL (R) Robert L. McClure, President of the West Point Association of Graduates, and LTG Buster Hagenbeck, the 57thSuperintendent of the United States Military Academy during the Superintendent’s Brief on 25 April.
The Superintendent’s Endowment provides valuable unrestricted dollars for the Academy, and allows the Superintendent to plan for and allocate funds from a constant and reliable source, rather than depending on the fluctuation of year-to-year fundraising efforts. The “Class of 1978 Superintendent’s Endowment” has been benefitting cadets since the 2005-2006 Academic Year. Annual interest generated by the Endowment will help fund Margin of Excellence needs into perpetuity. Margin of Excellence needs are thoseprojects and programs that significantly enhance the cadet experience and are not funded by the Army; these programs include cadet activities, AIAD’s, trips and conferences, just to name a few.
Since graduation, Class of 1978 alumni have given more than $3,900,000 in support of the Academy.