Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and its Foundation Board announced on Friday that through gifts and the estate of the late Caroline D. Gentile, the University's longest serving faculty member, UMPI has received a legacy gift of more than $1 million - making it the largest gift that has been given to an educational institution in the County's history.
Gentile, known to many as Miss Gentile, dedicated herself in many ways to the institution over the course of her 56-year teaching career and gave more than $500,000 several years ago to help build the wellness center that now bears her name. Including the legacy gift that she bequeathed to the campus, her gift to the University totals approximately $1.1 million.
UMPI President Don Zillman and Larry Shaw, President of the University's Foundation Board, announced the details of the legacy gift during a morning press conference held in the Caroline D. Gentile Health and Physical Education Building."We take immense pleasure in announcing this legacy gift and what it means to the institution," President Don Zillman said. "The remarkable aspect of this gift is that - in addition to the human legacy that Caroline Gentile left over 58 years of teaching, mentoring and program building of Physical Education and Recreation throughout the state - she has also left this remarkable financial legacy."