Saint Michael’s College receives $2 million gift from estate of Robert Hoehl

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Saint Michael’s College receives $2 million gift from estate of Robert Hoehl

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:10am -- tim

Together with her children, Cynthia Hoehl, wife of the late Robert Hoehl, has fulfilled a pledge for a major gift to student scholarship at Saint Michael’s College, made by the couple during Visions, the college’s last comprehensive campaign. The gift of $2 million will be announced tonight by Saint Michael’s President John J. Neuhauser, at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner at the Doubletree Hotel Burlington. 
‘Saint Michael’s is a part of our life. It means a great deal to all of us and did especially to Bob,’ said Cynthia Hoehl. 
The gift is designated to support scholarship aid for students who meet admission criteria of the college, but could not afford to attend Saint Michael's College without financial assistance. 
‘Bob and Cindy Hoehl have been among Saint Michael’s most loyal benefactors,’ President Neuhauser said. ‘Their generosity, directed toward enabling future students to attend Saint Michael’s, is a very tangible acknowledgment of the value they place on a Saint Michael’s education.  The entire College community is very appreciative of this farsighted gift,’ he said. 
Saint Michael’s has been the recipient of the generosity of Robert and Cynthia Hoehl previously. Their $2.1 million gift in 2003 made possible the beautiful Hoehl Welcome Center which receives future students and their families and other visitors to the campus. 
Robert Hoehl served two terms, as a key player, on the Saint Michael's College Board of Trustees. He is a 1963 graduate of the college and a founder, with his fellow Saint Michael’s alumnus Richard Tarrant, of IDX Systems Corporation, a company that went public on the stock exchange, and is now GE Healthcare. 
Cynthia Hoehl earned a master’s degree at Saint Michael’s in 1990, and their daughter Krystin received a bachelor’s degree from the college in 1986. They are the parents of six children. 
Robert and Cynthia Hoehl were awarded honorary Saint Michael's College doctoral degrees in 2010 and were named The Outstanding Vermont Family Philanthropists by the Northern New England Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2003. The Hoehls’ generous support extended to COTS, the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, Community Health Center of Burlington, Burlington Community Land Trust, Good News Garage and a number of other organizations. 
On receiving his honorary degree, Robert Hoehl said his gifts are motivated by three things. First, he wants to give back to Saint Mike’s, which he called ‘a nurturing place . . . where I really grew up.’ Second, there are the people he can’t say ‘no’ to. And third, he and his wife have a commitment to help the less fortunate help themselves. Giving to those in need, he said, ‘is part of God’s plan.’ 
Learn What Matters at Saint Michael's College, the Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu. Saint Michael's provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael's College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 373 Colleges and included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael's has 1,900 undergraduates and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael's students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright and other grants. The college is one of the country's top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings. 
Photos: Cynthia and Robert Hoehl receiving honorary Saint Michael's College doctoral degrees in 2010.
Source: Saint Michael's College. 9.23.2011.