$4 million Gift Helps Establish Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering & Innovation at SUNY Oswego

Newly formed in 2012, the foundation named for the late SUNY Oswego chemistry chair Richard S. Shineman moved rapidly to make a generational impact in education. It pledged $4 million over 10 years to name the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering & Innovation at the college.

Dick’s widow, Barbara P. Shineman, the charitable organization’s founder and an alumna and emerita professor of education at the same college, added $1 million of her own to the donation. At the time, the total philanthropic gift was the largest in the century and a half since the college on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario was founded.

The 233,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Shineman Center, which opened in 2013, promises to provide exceptional career preparation and research opportunities to students in the sciences, engineering and mathematics for decades to come.


The Richard S. Shineman Foundation remains proud of its role in the development of the Shineman Center. Barbara said the $5 million in gifts were truly from the heart – hers and Dick’s. The Shineman Endowment created by the contribution works today to fund projects for students and faculty that benefit the greater Oswego community. The college also plans to name a Richard S. Shineman Professor of Chemistry to carry on Dick’s legacy in teaching and research.

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