Trustee Gail Harmon:
LEADing the Way
Gail Harmon has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 2007. During her tenure, she served as the Chair and she currently oversees the Board’s Institutional Advancement Committee. She and her husband John Harmon, M.D., are members of the Founders Circle ($100,000-$499,999) for their generous lifetime giving. Together they established the Harmon Fund for Faculty Innovation in 2013 to provide funding for the faculty to develop innovative courses and programs and to provide funding for sabbaticals and professional development opportunities.
Today the Harmon Fund is helping support the development of Learning through Experiential and Applied Discovery (LEAD), an innovative approach that encourages students and faculty across disciplines to solve real-world challenges; weaves internships, study abroad and research into the liberal arts and sciences honors curriculum; and fosters a career-ready edge that employers expect.
This past summer for example, four faculty members received stipends to design a four-course signature pathway pilot:
- Emily Casey, Art History/Museum Studies
- Garrey Dennie, History/Africa & African Diaspora Studies
- Ellen Kohl, Environmental Studies
- Joe Lucchesi, Art History/Museum Studies
In addition, three other faculty members received stipends for contributing their pedagogical expertise to the pilot course:
- Liza Gijanto, Anthropology
- Brian O’Sullivan, English
- Amy Steiger, Theater, Film & Media Studies
Michael Wick, provost and dean of faculty, hails Trustee Harmon’s gift as enlivening.
“The Harmon Fund has been transformational in moving the Core Curriculum discussion forward. Without this gift, my office would not have had the resources to support in-depth faculty engagement with the framework approved by the faculty. I am eternally grateful to Gail for her willingness to invest in the future of the College – its students, faculty and staff.”
Thank you, Gail, for your inspirational support and dedication to St. Mary’s College!