The North Dakota State University Foundation has announced a $75 million gift from alumnus Robert Challey ('67) and his wife, Sheila, in support of the arts and other programs at the university.
Made as part of the recently announced "In Our Hands" campaign, the largest gift in NDSU history will provide support for the Division of Performing Arts and the Challey School of Music, student scholarships, named faculty positions, and facility renovations. The gift also will support the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, which was announced in March. To date, the campaign has raised more than $308 million toward its $400 million goal.
"NDSU means a great deal to our family, and we can trace our connections all the way back to the early years of the university," said Robert Challey, a trustee of the NDSU Foundation and a co-chair of the campaign along with his wife and two other alumni. "We care deeply about NDSU, Fargo, and North Dakota and its future."
"We are grateful for the tremendous momentum in starting In Our Hands and thank the many benefactors who have invested in our students to date," said NDSU Foundation president and CEO John R. Glover. "The Challeys' support will help take this campaign to another level. Their commitment comes through a combination of current and deferred gift support that will be received over time. They made outright gifts early in the campaign, which fueled our fundraising efforts. Deferred gifts will come through a variety of planned arrangements, such as wills, trusts, retirement plans, or real property. The timing of when these gifts are realized depends on the donor, life circumstances, and institutional priorities."