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William & Mary business school receives $10 million gift

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Virginia Beach philanthropist Jane Batten is giving $10 million to the College of William & Mary to create an online learning center for its business school.

As a result of the gift, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is expected to increase its online graduate programs.

The business school first offered an online MBA program more than four years ago. It added an online master’s degree in business analytics program this summer. Both programs are now housed in the new Center for Online Learning.

The business school expects to see a four-fold increase in its online offerings in coming years. As the number of programs grows, the school expects to add faculty and staff dedicated to the new center.

Batten and her late husband, Frank Batten, have made other gifts to William & Mary in many areas, including scholarships, the Fund for William & Mary and the Mason School’s residential MBA program.

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