MSU Alum Gives $5 Million Gift For Engineering

(WLNS) – A $5 million gift from a Kentucky couple is expected to enhance the MSU College of Engineering by developing future generations of students.

Gary and Patricia Coffman, with their gift, are establishing an endowed scholarship/fellowship in their names. It is one of the largest donations ever given to MSU Engineering. Gary Coffman is a 1974 graduate of MSU who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduating he began a 31-year career with Dow Corning. Coffman retired in 2005 from his position as plant manager for the Dow Corning facility in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Leo Kempel, the dean of the MSU College of Engineering, said the college is thrilled to receive the commitment from the Coffmans. Due to the way the gift is structured the college will have an endowed discretionary fund for the dean’s use. Kempel says that funding will allow the college to take advantage of situations that might arise that will benefit faculty and students.

The Coffman’s gift supports Empower Extraordinary, the $1.5 billion campaign for MSU that publicly launched in October 2014.

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