University of Rochester has surpassed Kodak as the top employer in
It was once a title held by the film company.
president of the University of Rochester says without Kodak and its
founder, George Eastman, the school would not be what it is
Eastman made many gifts during his lifetime. One of the largest gifts was to the University of Rochester.
At the time of Eastman's death, he had donated more than $35 million dollars to the U of R.
That included money for the Eastman Theater and School of Music.
"His support still is the basis for our River Campus, it's the basis for our medical center, it's the basis for Eastman School of Music, the Eastman Theater, the Eastman Oral Health, I mean he touches everything at our University," said Joel Seligman, University of Rochester President.
Seligman reflects that what Eastman did was "magical."
in Rochester will reflect on this sobering news with a sense of
gratitude for what Eastman Kodak has meant to our city; for George
Eastman's visionary technology; for Eastman's generosity to our city
and wider community; and for the tens of thousands of former Kodak
employees who still reside here and enrich this community," said
Seligman is also on Kodak's Board of Directors.
"This does not mean that Kodak will be liquidated or that all of Kodak's current employees will lose their jobs. In the best outcome, Kodak will emerge from reorganization a smaller company with less overwhelming debt and a sustainable future," said Seligman.