Greg Bentley, the CEO and founder of Exton-based Bentley Systems, and his wife Caroline have donated $5 million to Drexel University to help create an “intellectual oasis” on campus, writes Michelle Caffrey for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The donation will go toward the ongoing $35 million renovation of Calhoun Hall to make it the new home of Pennoni Honors College.
Neither of the Bentleys is a Drexel graduate, but the two have supported the university over the years. This includes the mobile app development lab established five years ago with the help of Bentley Systems.
“We are gratified to be able to help Drexel’s Honors College students,” said Greg.
The Greg and Caroline Bentley Hall will house offices and renovated dorms for honors program students, along with programming for all Drexel students.
“This is an exciting opportunity to create an intellectual oasis on campus,” said Paula Marantz Cohen, Pennoni Honors College Dean.
The new hall should be ready to welcome its first 380 students this fall.
Read more about the gift in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.