Bentz Whaley Flessner extends congratulations to Gustavaus Adolphus College who recently received notice by Star Tribute writer, John Reinan, for the transformative gifts it has been receiving. In a January 20, 2018, article, Reinan wrote, “It’s getting to the point where you wonder whether Gustavus Adolphus College would turn up its nose at a paltry $1 million gift.” Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman quickly responded, “No! Never.”
According to the article, Gustavus has been landing a lot of big-dollar donations recently. In the past seven years, a handful of major donors have pledged a total of $128 million to the liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn. The college’s vice president of advancement indicated, donors “value that cross-disciplinary, problem-solving, big-picture thinking that they get at a place like Gustavus.” Bergman added: “In a word, these [gifts] individually, and now collectively, are transformative.”
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Gustavus has, “…really broken through to a new level of seven- and eight-figure donations,” said Tom Young. The most recent gift, announced this month, brought $10 million from Gustavus alumnus and trucking executive Bob Peterson and his wife, Cindy. The money is earmarked for an expansion of the school’s Nobel Hall of Science and scholarships for National Merit Scholar students. In November, an anonymous alumni couple gave $25 million to create a new career development program. And last July, another anonymous alumni couple pledged $40 million for science education, scholarships and the college’s endowment.