Robin and Tim Wentworth Make $2.5 Million Commitment to Endow a Professorship and Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music

Robin and Tim Wentworth Make $2.5 Million Commitment to the Eastman School of Music

Tim and Robin Wentworth

Robin and Tim Wentworth, University of Rochester parents and supporters, have committed $2.5 million to endow a professorship and a scholarship at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. The Robin and Tim Wentworth Professorship in Piano will support and recognize a dedicated faculty member, while the Wentworth Family Scholarship will benefit deserving students.

“The Wentworths are passionate about education and music, as this gift illustrates,” says Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “Their generosity reflects the powerful effect that music has had in their lives, and it shows a deep commitment to support the next generation of musicians with the resources and guidance they need to thrive. We are tremendously grateful for their support.”

“Eastman is a gem and an anchor in the Rochester community, as well as a world leader in the music realm,” says Tim, who has been a member of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees since 2013. “The school excels in helping young artists grow into leaders on stage, in the arts community, and in a variety of roles where they can apply the tremendous skills gained from a rigorous program of academic and musical studies.”

The Wentworths, Rochester natives who currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri, have three daughters, two of whom attended the University of Rochester—Elizabeth graduated in 2011 with a triple major in math, English, and music and Abby graduated in 2016 with a degree in psychology. Their oldest daughter, Ashley, was a double major in music and biology at Boston College.

“We are pleased to support Eastman and that we can have a role in helping talented musicians—faculty and students—be the best they can be,” adds Robin, who started playing piano at the age of nine. During Ashley’s senior flute recital, Robin accompanied her on piano during one piece; Elizabeth played a piano duet with her on another; and Abby played violin while Ashley played flute for another piece.

The Wentworths’ support of the University spans the last decade. In 2015, they endowed the directorship of the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Both graduates of Monroe Community College, in 2010, they established the Wentworth Family Endowed Scholarship to assist students who are transferring to the University of Rochester from a community or junior college.

Additionally, in 2012, Wentworth Atrium in the University’s Raymond F. LeChase Hall was named in recognition of the couple’s significant support of the Warner School of Education. The Wentworths are also members of the George Eastman Circle—the University’s leadership annual giving society—and cochairs of the University’s Parents Leadership Cabinet.

Tim is president of Express Scripts and Cigna Services. He formerly served as both president and chief executive officer of Express Scripts, and as president and CEO of Accredo, the company’s specialty pharmacy. He has also held leadership and executive positions at Mary Kay and PepsiCo. Robin supports performing arts, educational, and social causes in St. Louis as well as in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Kristine Thompson, November 2019