no secret that the wife of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has a strong
commitment to the community in general — and Western in particular.
Phyllis Boughton has been a longtime supporter who has contributed
to the university in a variety of ways, including financial support
for the annual alumni golf outing. This year she decided to make a
general-purpose contribution to WCSU.
“I thought it was important to make a general
donation so the university can use the money any way it needs to,”
said Boughton, who owns and manages Connecticut Kitchen and
Bath in Danbury. “Western is a
great university that attracts local talent and its growth can only
continue to improve the community.
“I talk to a lot of young people who are
impressed with Western and thankful that it remains an affordable
and high-caliber school. It’s a treasure for the area, and it makes
me proud to see the people who come out of the school,” she said.
Mark Boughton earned his master’s degree in educational psychology
She vividly recalled the celebrations in 2003
marking the university’s 100th anniversary where she
witnessed numerous alumni who testified how Western had shaped their
lives. She realized then that the university was continuing to grow
with the community.
“The university also is a great example of
multicultural diversity,” said Boughton, who has been active with
the WCSU multicultural fair. “It helps promote diversity and build a
more peaceful community. The more we learn from one another, the
stronger our community becomes. Making contributions to help
strengthen those bonds is important for everyone.
“It doesn’t matter what your donation is, large
or small, it’s what it amounts to at the end of the day,” she said.
“Just give what you can afford so you can make a difference.”