Triple Your Gift to Support Commonwealth Teachers

A student at heart, Bill Wharton established the John Hughes Fund for Professional Development in 2001 to provide grants for faculty to pursue their intellectual interests. In honor of Bill’s tenure and commitment to Commonwealth, we plan to endow the fund and rename it the Hughes/Wharton Fund for Teachers. You can recognize Bill’s extraordinary service and support Commonwealth faculty by making a gift to help establish this fund.

Alumnus Matt Kraning '04 has generously pledged to match all gifts to the Hughes/Wharton Fund at a rate of 2:1, up to $500,000.  

You can help us meet this match by giving now. 


“The Hughes program reflects our trust in giving teachers the freedom to shape their own growth, confident that the enthusiasm generated by the creation of a course, the study of a topic, or even the pursuit of a serious avocation will keep their teaching fresh and engaging.”

Bill Wharton