Montana State University receives 50-million dollars from an alumni to construct a new building, the largest private donation in our state's history.
The atrium of Montana State University's College of Engineering was packed on Monday morning as MSU leaders, staff and students gathered to recognize Norm Asbjornson who donated 50-million dollars to the university for its College of Engineering.
"I think this was a very good thing for me to do with this money," said Asbjornson.
"I feel ecstatic and humble," said Waded Cruzado, MSU President. "I feel so appreciative of the generosity or Norm Asbjornson."
The funds would be used to construct an innovative laboratory and classroom facility that will allow for collaborative, hands-on learning and leadership.
"We will immediately start some processes to identify the planning and the scope of the building," said Cruzado.
Asbjornson is a 1960 MSU Mechanical Engineering graduate. He is the founder and President of AAON, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He said it's feel great to give back to the place that helped him become so successful.
"This is an outstanding school with outstanding graduates that help our society," said Asbjornson.
Cruzado said it's wonderful to see MSU alumni reconnecting with the university and making a difference for future students.
"I am convinced that there is a chain of gratitude here," said Cruzado.
Asbjornson said he can't wait to see how the university grows in the future.
From 2003 to 2013, MSU's College of Engineering grew by over 48-percent.