Citadel: $4M gift from Zucker supporting School of Education

Published: Nov. 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A $4 million gift from one of the Lowcountry's wealthiest residents is supporting the education school at The Citadel.

The military college's School of Education will be named after the family of Anita Zucker, school representatives announced on Tuesday.

The school will be called The Zucker Family School of Education. This is the first time a school at The Citadel has been named after a donor.

A plaque unveiled at Tuesday morning's announcement reads, in part, "In philanthropic support of The Citadel, Mrs. Zucker and her family have generously donated to the education and development of principled leaders through gifts supporting a broad range of needs. The family's passion for improving communities and enhancing innovation through literacy and workforce development, particularly its STEM-related fields, is evident in their professional and philanthropic endeavors, which have permeated every corner of the state of South Carolina."

"The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel is a tangible culmination of the profound impact the Zucker Family has had and will continue to have on the lives of future leaders in education," it reads.

Zucker, chief executive officer of the InterTech Group, has been listed on the Forbes 400.

Zucker's husband, Jerry, founded the company, which manufactures specialty chemicals, high-tech fibers and precision aircraft parts, in 1982. She took over after he died from a brain tumor in 2008.

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