The University of Minnesota has announced an $8 million gift from alumni James R. and Carmen D. Campbell in support of renovating and modernizing the East Bank building that houses its Institute of Child Development.
The expansion of the century-old building will include the creation of contemporary teaching spaces and research facilities and the addition of energy-efficient features. The university has pledged to make funding of the ICD facility its top priority in its 2019 legislative capital request, which is aimed at $28 million in state funding for the $42 million project.
With their latest commitment — the largest to the $14 million private fundraising campaign for the project — the Campbells have committed more than $16 million to the university. The Carmens were both raised in Byron, Minnesota, by mothers who were teachers, and they both attended rural schools with small class sizes. They credit those experiences, along with their experiences at the university, for their success.
"We are deeply grateful to the Campbells for their lead gift for this important project, and for all the support they have given the university over the years," said Jean K. Quam, dean of the university's College of Education and Human Development. "The Institute of Child Development is the top program of its kind in the country, and their gift jump-starts our new building project. The new building will allow us to better support our students and faculty who are preparing tomorrow's early childhood teachers and our researchers who are uncovering the mysteries of human development from infancy through young adulthood."