“Once again, Mr. Bunting has redefined what true leadership can do to propel the college ahead.”
Michael R. Franco, EdD., Vice President for Advancement at MICA
“Immeasurable” is how the MICA Board of Trustees described George L. Bunting Jr’s contributions to the college in a fall 2010 resolution saluting his service, and that was before the recent $10 million gift from George and Anne Bunting, the largest in the college’s history.
For almost forty years, Bunting’s involvement with MICA has been synonymous with the institution’s growth in almost every way. Since he joined the Board, enrollment has doubled, campus size has increased ten times, 17 new academic programs have been added, and the endowment has increased by 3,000 percent. Bunting has served as vice chairman of the Board and as a member of the finance and investment committees. In addition, he headed the search committee that selected Fred Lazarus IV as College president. The Bunting Center on campus, which houses a gallery, the library, community outreach offices, and student services staff, stands as a testament to the cross-generational involvement of the Bunting family in the evolution of the College.
Few people have shaped the College’s past and present as much as Bunting. And now, his impact on the future is of particular importance. Bunting’s gift will be used to support the growth in graduate studies. By the end of the decade, graduate student enrollment will have increased by 64 percent and the number of programs will have grown by 82 percent. The College’s increasing ability to create synergies between research and graduate education will represent a key competitive advantage for MICA. Moreover, the unique invention that can only come through graduate art and design study will lead to creative outcomes for society’s most pressing problems.
The extraordinary legacy of George L. Bunting Jr., who was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from MICA and is a trustee emeritus, is interwoven into the fabric of the College. The impact of his most recent gift will ensure that the legacy continues for the next forty years and beyond. “Once again, Mr. Bunting has redefined what true leadership can do to propel the College ahead,” said Vice President for Advancement Michael Franco, EdD.