Western Washington University in Bellingham has announced a $10 million gift from local entrepreneurs Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari.
The largest gift in the university's history will help fund construction of a new building for WWU's programs in electrical engineering, computer science, and energy science, increasing student access to and boosting teaching capacity in those fields while also serving as a hub for collaborations with industry partners. In recognition of the gift, the building will be named Kaiser Borsari Hall. The Washington State Legislature has agreed to allocate $46 million for the project in the 2021-23 biennium on the condition that the university raise the remaining $20 million in private funds.
"This generous lead gift will significantly help us meet the tremendous surge in student interest and enrollment in our STEM programs, said College of Science and Engineering dean Brad Johnson. "It will also help us to expand our programmatic emphasis on hands-on, authentic learning experiences that provide a broad population of students the ability to tackle the many technological challenges we face — right here in Washington."
"It has always been our priority to invest in education," said Kaiser and Borsari, longtime friends and business partners and the founders of Alpha Technologies, in a joint statement, "as it pays the highest dividends to all stakeholders."
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