Wilson College and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have formed a partnership that will provide academic opportunities for Wilson students and help develop future generations of conservation professionals.

Wilson and SCBI officials recently signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the intent of a five-year partnership that was suggested by Wilson alumna Susan Breakefield Fulton, a longtime supporter of both organizations. Fulton, of Washington, D.C., proposed that the college and SCBI team up, and made contributions to both organizations to help launch the partnership, according to Camilla Rawleigh, Wilson’s vice president for institutional advancement.

“Susan’s been very generous over the years to nonprofits, but there were two that really stood out to her — SCBI and Wilson,” said Rawleigh of Fulton, a 1961 Wilson graduate whose interests include environmental sustainability and the welfare of animals.  Read more.