The Irving Wing is being named in honor of Donald R. ’72, ’79 and Karen A. Irving ’90 in recognition of their exemplary commitment to enhancing public higher education and Fitchburg State. Donald Irving is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and also serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
In 2012, the Irvings created the Pay It Forward Scholarship, which has provided renewable support for 14 students since its inception. Recipients of the $5,000 scholarships are encouraged to give back to the institution in the future. Another eight Pay It Forward scholars will be named this year.
“Don and Karen Irving represent Fitchburg State’s highest ideals,” said University President Richard S. Lapidus. “They have been extremely generous with their resources and talents, creating opportunities for future generations of students. It is a fitting tribute to their legacy that we dedicate this state of the art facility in their name.”
The Irving Wing of the science complex spans 55,000 square feet and houses the University’s chemistry and biology laboratories along with other research and instructional space.