The Fashion School's New York City Studio.

Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio.

The gift is slated to fund two new initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School’s director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students.

Students are provided with an opportunity to spend a semester in Florence, Italy, with the world’s best designers, work in the fashion school’s New York City Studio and attend programs in Paris and Hong Kong.

“This incredible gift from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will greatly enhance global experiences for our fashion students,” said Beverly Warren, president of Kent State. “The foundation’s support of our fashion school elevates the professional trajectory of both faculty and students and positions Kent State as a distinctive global innovator.”

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation, supports the nourishment of the human mind through the promotion of mental wellness, the arts and education.

Rich Kellar, president of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, said, “Peg Morgan, our founder, had a lifelong interest in fashion and always deeply valued education. The Fashion School at Kent State is a perfect match for her creative and personal passions. Peg’s legacy of support for Kent State will continue to be carried out through this gift, accelerating the ascension of Kent State as the premier global educator of future fashion industry leaders.”

Warren revealed the gift on Saturday at the 2017 Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors – Sponsor/VIP Show.  The annual fashion show highlighted the talents of the Fashion School’s design and merchandising students. Don Witkowski, a Kent State alumnus and president of men’s at Michael Kors was inducted into the Fashion School’s Hall of Fame.

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