$15 Million Commitment Establishes Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative at Colgate University

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Portrait of Robert Hung-Ngai Ho
By Mark Walden January 28, 2019

Trustee Emeritus Robert Hung Ngai Ho ’56, H’11 has confirmed a $15 million gift to Colgate University to establish the Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative. Funds from the gift will also be used to renovate and expand Olin Hall, which will house the initiative.

“On behalf of the entire University,” President Brian W. Casey said, “I wish to thank Robert Hung Ngai Ho for his transformative generosity with this gift and with his history of generosity to Colgate. His family, also very supportive of this wonderful contribution, are very special friends of the University.”

The Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative will connect faculty in psychological and brain sciences, neuroscience, biology, philosophy, linguistics, and several language programs. The initiative is of significant scope and magnitude, with additional funding to be announced. Faculty and administrators are currently at work refining the details of the initiative, which is connected to a renovation and planned expansion of Olin Hall that is projected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

This gift is the latest expression of Ho’s commitment to Colgate. Gifts made in 1993 established an endowed professorship in Asian studies and a fund to support the University’s China Study Group. In December of 2003, the Ho family provided support for a strategic plan that included the construction of the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center — with an additional gift to fund the Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory, dedicated to Robert Ho’s grandfather Sir Robert Ho Tung. Ho’s most recent contribution supported important enhancements to this laboratory.

“It is my great belief that, much like the science center, the Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative will promote creativity across disciplines and become a point of distinction for Colgate,” President Casey said. “Again, I offer my profound gratitude, on behalf of the University, to Mr. Ho and his family.”