“The Penn Museum is a great resource for the University, as well as all of Philadelphia and beyond.”
– Adam and Susan Sokoloff
For alumni, staying in touch with the University happens in a variety of ways. Some faithfully attend Alumni Weekend. Others are avid readers of the Gazette. Adam, W’84, and Susan Sokoloff, C’84, take their engagement a few steps further.
Their philanthropy supports University priorities like annual giving and undergraduate financial aid. Susan participates in the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women and chairs the Class of 1984 Gift Committee. Adam is also a member of that Committee and formerly of Wharton’s Executive Education Advisory Board. Yet, giving back to Penn doesn’t stop there for the couple.
“We have been involved at Penn for more than 30 years. Susan joined the Board of Overseers at the Nursing School several years ago, and it’s made her feel that much more connected to the School. I decided that I wanted something similar for myself,” says Adam.
After some encouragement from friends and meeting with the Penn Museum’s Williams Director, Julian Siggers, Adam joined the Museum’s Board of Overseers in 2014. He and Susan then made a pledge to create the Susan Drossman Sokoloff and Adam D. Sokoloff Exhibitions Fund to celebrate their 30th reunions. The Fund supports the Museum’s changing and long-term exhibitions, such as Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama, which opened in February 2015.
“I felt attracted to Julian’s vision and energy from the start,” Adam shares. “There’s tremendous potential at the Penn Museum, and I am excited to be a part of helping to take this great institution to the next level.”
It is clear that Penn holds a very special place in the Sokoloffs’ hearts. Their generosity to the Museum—in addition to their volunteer leadership and being proud Penn parents—keeps them returning to the University every chance they get.