Donation takes engineering complex fund raising beyond halfway point
By ERICA PEREZ
Posted: Jan. 29, 2008
An anonymous $25 million gift from the family of a Marquette University alumnus takes the school's vision of a transformed College of Engineering facility beyond the financial halfway mark, university President Father Robert Wild said Tuesday.
Proceeds from the gift will go toward construction of the planned Discovery Learning Complex, a scholarship fund for engineering students and other uses in the college, including an energy workshop, Marquette spokeswoman Mary Pat Pfeil said.
The complex, with an estimated price tag of $100 million, is one piece of the school's $167 million strategic plan, which includes $35 million for seven endowed faculty chairs and $32 million for scholarships. Marquette hopes to boost the number of engineering undergraduates from 1,140 this year to about 1,200 in three years.
Wild announced the gift to Marquette faculty and staff at the annual president's address Tuesday afternoon in the Alumni Memorial Union.