Gustavus Adolphus gifted $25M, largest single contribution in school's history

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Gustavus Adolphus College was gifted $25 million by a family of longtime supporters, which the St. Peter school says is the largest single contribution in its history.

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Gustavus Adolphus announced the donation Monday, calling it "extraordinary" and noting it will be a cornerstone of the $65 million renovation and expansion planned for the campus' Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

The family making the donation is described as a supporter of the college and Twin Cities entrepreneurs. They asked to remain anonymous.

“We are moved both by the generosity of this special family, and their humble and powerful commitment to Gustavus and its mission of preparing young people for lives of leadership and service,” Vice President for Advancement Tom Young said in the announcement.

Nobel Hall houses the biology, geology, geography and chemistry departments, according to the school's website.

It's also the annual host for the Nobel Conference, the first ongoing educational conference to be officially authorized by the Stockholm-based Nobel Foundation, according to the conference's history.

A ceremony for the building in 1963 was attended by 26 Nobel Laureates from across the U.S. and Sweden – the third largest gathering of laureates in history, Gustavus Adolphus says.

Gustavus is currently working to raise $150 million by this fall as part of Campaign Gustavus, a fundraiser to meet "strategic initiatives."

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