Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, has announced a gift of more than $5 million from its former board chair, Russ Smith, and his wife, Dawn, in support of its College of Aviation, Science and Technology.
The largest gift from a living individual in the university's history will be used to provide additional resources to faculty and the growing number of Lewis students taking STEM courses and to enhance the university's position in those fields as it expands its science and technology offerings in areas such as cyber security, unmanned systems, data science, nanotechnology, and aviation. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, the newly formed College of Aviation, Science and Technology will make it easier for students, faculty, and alumni to connect to opportunities in research, industry, and graduate education.
"Russ and Dawn have seen the influence of the Lewis University sciences on their family, as two of their four children are now alumni of Lewis University," said David Livingston, president of the university. "We're grateful for this gift that will amplify the impact of a Lewis University degree for our current and future students as they become leaders in aviation, science and technology."
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