Minnesota Colleges Receive $10.3 Million in Pledges for Academic Centers

The in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and in Collegeville, Minnesota, have announced pledges totaling $10.3 million to establish two centers designed to enhance student learning, promote faculty development, and raise public awareness about pressing issues of the day. The two schools are in the midst of a joint capital campaign.

CSB received a $5.3 million commitment from Tom Petters, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Petters Group Worldwide, to create the Thomas J. Petters Center for Global Education. Building on a nationally recognized study-abroad program, the center will work to broaden understanding and strengthen engagement of students and faculty in looking outside the United States to understand the global nature of business and model citizenship. CSB and SJU operate seventeen separate study-abroad sites on six continents, including a twenty-five-year partnership with Southwest University in China.

SJU received a $5 million pledge from Dan and Katharine Whalen to create the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement. The McCarthy Center, named after the late U.S. senator, a 1935 graduate of Saint John's, will expand on the schools' work in the academic exploration of public policy, governance, and citizenship and their record in bridging the classroom to the wider world.

"I've seen what Saint John's and Saint Ben's does for students," said Dan Whalen. "This place really does transform people. And it's a first rate education. I can't think of a better investment."

"." College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Press Release 08/27/2007.