The University of Oregon in Eugene has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Tim and Mary Boyle in support of life sciences research.
The gift will support UO's aquatic animal care facility — a key driver of life sciences research at the university — fund the acquisition of state-of-the art technology, and help underwrite expansion of facilities dedicated to genomics research. It also will support immediate investments in a new generation of high-powered microscopes and DNA-sequencing technologies, providing the tools needed to attract and retain top scientists and faculty.
The Boyles both attended the UO in the early 1970s. Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, studied business and earned a degree in journalism, while Mary Boyle majored in fine and applied arts. Tim Boyle has served as a trustee for the UO Foundation and co-chaired the university's last major fundraising campaign. Previously, the Boyles made gifts in support of UO's School of Journalism and Communication and the Lundquist College of Business' New Venture Championship program and to establish the Tim and Mary Boyle Chair in Materials Studies and Product Design in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
"Tim and Mary Boyle, through this generous gift, are supporting our scientists to do work that will change the world," said UO president Michael Schill. "This investment in our future helps fuel our strategic effort to grow our research capabilities and supports the facilities, equipment and resources our faculty members and scientists need. Not everyone would make a gift to support the basic sciences in the way that Tim and Mary Boyle have done. We’re incredibly grateful."