A Connecticut woman who graduated from Hilbert College in 1981 with a two-year degree in paralegal studies has committed $1 million to her alma mater in Hamburg.
The $1 million bequest to Hilbert from Lorraine Hritcko and her husband, Philip, of Rocky Hill, Conn., is the single largest alumni donation in the school’s history, the college announced Thursday.
Hritcko – the former Lorraine Sturdevant – is currently the director of global software sales at Conning and Co. in Hartford and is counted as one of the most successful Hilbert graduates.
“My two years at Hilbert College laid the foundation for continuing my education and ultimately becoming a success in the business world,” Hritcko said in a prepared statement. “My contributions to Hilbert are my way of saying ‘thank you,’ to the administrators, faculty and staff who nurtured and encouraged me.”
After graduating from Hilbert, Hritcko went on to earn her master’s in business administration at Binghamton University, where she was recruited by Aetna for its three-year executive development program. After a number of years with Aetna, and later SunGard, Hritcko started at Conning in 2011.
“This is a very significant day for Hilbert,” said Cynthia Zane, the college’s president. “Lorraine and Philip have been increasingly generous to Hilbert over the years, but this commitment demonstrates their unwavering support and will have a lasting impact for numerous Hilbert students.”
The gift is designated for the naming of a future Hilbert capital project.