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$25M Gift to Transform Rowan University’s Fossil Park Into ‘World-Class Destination’

Rowan Fossil Park

A $25 million gift from the founders of one of the country’s leading independent financial advising firms intends to transform Rowan University’s Fossil Park into an educational attraction that draws visitors from around the world.

The gift from alumni Ric and Jean Edelman, who founded Edelman Financial Services in 1987, was announced during a Monday morning press conference and marks the second largest gift in the school's history, as well as the largest ever donated by any alumni.

“We want the Fossil Park to be a world-class destination for families on the same scale as the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Franklin Institute,” Ric Edelman said in a statement. The site will now be named the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University.

Rowan bought the Fossil Park — a 65-acre site tucked behind a Lowes home improvement store in Mantua Township, Gloucester County — from the Inversand Company in January for $1.95 million.

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