Anonymous Maine donor gives Suffolk University 80 acres on Penobscot River

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 5:28 p.m.

PASSADUMKEAG, Maine — An anonymous donor gave Boston’s Suffolk University more than 80 acres of farmland and forests on the Penobscot River about 30 miles north of Bangor.

The property will be used for scientific study and research and will be the future location of arts, humanities and other education endeavors, according to a Suffolk press release.

The land includes residential buildings and other structures that will be used for housing and study during research projects. This infrastructure was developed in 2004 at a cost of $3.5 million, according to the press release.

Suffolk spokesman Greg Gatlin said the donor asked not to be identified. He wouldn’t say if an individual, group or business gave the property.

“This is an extraordinary gift that will serve to measurably enhance our science programs,” said Barry Brown, the university’s acting provost and president. “The facility will provide our students and faculty with untold opportunities for scientific research as well as workshops, retreats, seminars and intensive study in the humanities and arts.”

The university also hopes to study wind, solar, water and geothermal energy at the site.

Suffolk has another research facility, Friedman Field Station, on Cobscook Bay in Washington County. That site is about 30 years old and is used for the study of biological and physical sciences.

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