Local Philanthropist Gives $1 Million to University

The State University of New York at Morrisville has received $1 million from local resident Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. The donation is the largest from an individual in the school's 94-year history.

Johnson donated the money for creation of the Sheila Crump Johnson Institute to promote diversity and character-building at the agriculture and technology school 35 miles east of Syracuse.

"In educating young people, it is imperative to address the whole person," Johnson said in a statement. "Focusing on character and leadership in addition to academics will serve to prepare students well for their roles as employees, employers, parents and leaders."

Johnson also donated $66,000 to produce a TV commercial for SUNY, a 60-second version of which was shown at MCI Center during the 44th annual Washington International Horse Show last month. Johnson, who lives in The Plains, was president of the event.

Johnson was the SUNY Morrisville commencement speaker in May and said she came up with the idea for the institute while visiting the campus.

Board Approves Financing Plan for New Jail

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved a 20-year, $34 million plan to finance construction of an adult detention center, tossing aside an earlier plan to pay for it with $22.7 million in cash.

Board Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling) voted against the resolution Monday. Six others voted in favor, and Supervisor J. Drew Hiatt (R-Dulles) was absent. The move allows the supervisors to use $16.9 million in local tax revenue that had been set aside for the center for other purposes. The new jail would replace the aging Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in downtown Leesburg.