Best selling and award winning Suspense Author Mary Higgins Clark is adding another page to her deep-rooted legacy with Fordham University in announcing a $2 million donation that will be used to create the Mary Higgins Clark Chair in Creative Writing within the Department of English.
Higgins Clark has a long and storied history with Fordham University having been born and raised in the Bronx before attending Fordham University and graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy in 1979. In addition to her most recent generous contribution, Higgins Clark also played a key role in funding the construction of the William D. Walsh Family Library while also donating her time as a University Trustee in the 1990s. Higgins Clark is also involved in Catholic affairs and is a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a Papal Honor.
With over 40 published books and over 100 million books sold domestically, the new Chairmanship will inspire future leaders to follow in her footsteps through special seminars, workshops and other programming that will shape and mold a new pool of writing talent. Higgins Clark also lends her time to sharing her experiences with current Fordham English students and guiding them as they begin their literary careers.
The contribution from Higgins Clark will allow the university to hire a professor of creative writing and further enhance Fordham’s quality English Department programs. The first holder of the chair will be announced in the Spring of 2015.
For more information on the donation and Fordham University, please visit http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_2890.asp. For more information on Mary Higgins Clark, please visit her website at http://www.maryhigginsclark.com/.
About Fordham University
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.
About the Department of English
Undergraduate study in English is designed to build an inclusive knowledge of literature, to develop skills required for the critical interpretation of texts, and to teach the principles of critical and effective writing. Degree offerings include a major, a literature minor and a creative writing minor. The major prepares students for a wide range of careers in the fields of teaching, writing, law, business, and advanced study in literature and culture.