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MSU gets largest single gift from individual in university's history

Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 06:04:43-04

Michigan State University has received the largest single gift from an individual in the school's history.

Alumnus and real estate developer Edward J. Minskoff is donating $30 million to help finish the Business Pavilion at the Eli Broad College of Business.

“Michigan State is an important university and important to my past. It gave me a strong foundation, so I am privileged to be making a contribution that will help Michigan State continue to attract and prepare future business leaders,” Minskoff said.

The money will help create state-of-the-art collaborative and learning spaces and a bigger career center for students, recruiters and corporate partners. Interim MSU President John Engler will recommend to the Board of the Trustees that the space be named "The Edward J. Minskoff Business Pavilion". The Broad College is expected to have the Business Pavilion ready for students in the fall of 2019.

Minskoff graduated from MSU in 1962 with a degree in economics. He received an honorary doctorate in business from the Broad College in 2009. Minskoff and his wife Julie have a gallery named after them at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, as they were an integral part of helping construct the museum. Minskoff was also given MSU's Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2013.

"Edward J. Minskoff has been a generous and long-time donor to Michigan State and continues to make a tremendous impact on the university. His philanthropy has woven his legacy permanently into the fabric of our community and transformed the learning environment for our students," said Interim President Engler. “This gift demonstrates Edward’s confidence in Michigan State and signals a bright future for MSU and our students."