Most of the gift — $5 million — will help fund the $70 million South Campus project, which includes the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center. The remaining $1 million will support the engineering school.
A native of New Jersey, Tim Barnard is founder and chairman of privately held Barnard Companies, a multimillion-dollar civil contractor. As a young man, Barnard attended Villanova University, Gonzaga University's Gonzaga-in-Florence program in Italy, and Sophia University in Tokyo, while his involvement with MSU, where he has established two scholarships in civil engineering and helped fund new faculty positions in the college's Construction Engineering Technology program, dates to the 1980s. He received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2011.
"Montana State University is incredibly grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Barnard for the trust they are placing in this university and in the MSU College of Engineering," said MSU president Waded Cruzado. "Thanks to their generosity, students will have the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities that will be designed to provide collaborative learning environments — learning environments that will give MSU students an edge as they begin their careers."