Eureka College has received a major gift from Mark. R. Shenkman to create a Reagan research center in Melick Library on campus. The gift ranks among the most important in the history of the college’s relationship with the life and legacy of Ronald Reagan, who graduated from the college in 1932.
The Mark R. Shenkman Reagan Research Center will strive to acquire and house every book written about Reagan.
The center will be open to the Eureka College community and scholars from around the world.
Planning for construction has begun, with a goal to complete the center by the end of 2011, the year marking the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.
“The announcement of the Mark R. Shenkman Reagan Research Center at Eureka College is an ideal way to celebrate the Ronald Reagan centennial,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “Mr.
Shenkman’s gift will have a profound impact on all who value Reagan’s remarkable story of leadership and service.”
The center will be housed in the archives at Melick Library, which was dedicated by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967. The college will immediately begin the process of acquiring every book written about Reagan to add to its existing collection of primary documents, letters and objects in the archives and the Reagan museum.
Shenkman is a member of the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College. He is the founder and president of Shenkman Capital Management Inc., an investment advisory firm with offices in New York City, London and Stamford, Conn. A resident of Greenwich, Conn., Shenkman received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.