The gift from Leonard Dolezal will help support the renovation of Curtiss Hall, a more than hundred-year-old building named for Charles Curtiss, Iowa State's dean of agriculture from 1902 to 1932. The $14.4 million renovation project, which began in 2007, includes the creation of a student services wing and a student commons on the east side of the building. Considered one of the most distinctive landmarks on the university's central campus, the building also houses the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station and several other departments, centers, and programs.
In 2003, a gift from Dolezal established the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law. In recognition of Dolezal's longtime support for the college, Iowa State will name the building's auditorium in honor of Dolezal and his late wife, Evelyn.
"From this year forward, the Leonard and Evelyn Dolezal Auditorium in Curtiss Hall will be a touchstone in the education of tens of thousands of future students," said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "We are indebted to Leonard Dolezal for helping to ensure that we are well-equipped to serve students, enrich their education, and make their experience on campus one they'll remember their whole lives. This gift will be part of the Dolezals' legacy of generosity and commitment to education."