A major gift from Bowdoin parents Philip Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller of Half Moon Bay, Calif., will allow the College to substantially expand and enrich opportunities for students studying oceans and the environment at its Coastal Studies Center on Harpswell Sound in Harpswell, Maine.
In honor of their generosity and vision, the center has been named the Schiller Coastal Studies Center (SCSC).
“At this critical point in history, our vision at Bowdoin is to continue to invest in interdisciplinary environmental education and problem solving around the environment. Our unique location on the coast of Maine makes the study of the oceans and climate change a natural area of intense interest for us,” said President Clayton S. Rose.
“This extraordinary act of generosity and vision by Phil and Kim Schiller will transform the Coastal Studies Center into a facility where students and faculty from Bowdoin and from other institutions can gather together for concentrated periods to learn from each other and to advance knowledge and understanding about the ocean, marine science and the impact of climate change on marine life.”