ROI Influencers: Higher Education — Donors


Frank Guarini
Businessman, elected official, philanthropist
Gifts to: New Jersey City University and Saint Peter’s University

Guarini could have made this list for either of his recent donations in New Jersey: $10 million to help NJCU complete its performing arts center; and $10 million to help Saint Peter’s upgrade its business school.


Eric and Wendy Schmidt
Tech leaders, philanthropists
Gift to: Princeton University

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, and his wife made a donation that will help rebuild Guyot Hall, the new home for computer science at Princeton.


Jeff and Amy Towers
Financial executives, philanthropists
Gift to: Rutgers University

Jeff and Amy Towers repeatedly have given millions for the school’s athletic programs, most notably football. Their efforts are helping upgrade facilities to Big Ten levels.


John and Jana Scarpa
Tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists
Gift to: Stockton University

The school’s largest-ever donation, $8 million, will help expand Stockton’s Atlantic City academic program and its main campus’ health sciences program.