Minot State receives largest donation in university history

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Minot State University, along with the Minot State University Development Foundation, has received a nearly $5 million dollar endowment, the largest single donation in the university’s history.

Bequeathed by the late Janis Dislev, the $4.6 million gift will support faculty positions in the Minot State College of Business.

The announcement of the bequest was made this afternoon.

“Today is a remarkable day in the history of Minot State University and the Minot State Development Foundation thanks to the wonderful generosity and foresight of our special alumna Ms. Janis Dislevy,” MSU President Steven Shirley said. “Her belief in MSU’s mission has already benefited campus and our College of Business in so many ways, and that benefit will now continue in perpetuity due to the kindness of this historic gift.”

Dislevy, who completed a bachelor’s degree at Minot State in education in 1960, passed away in June 2016. She served on the Minot State College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and is a member of the MSU Old Main Society.

This latest gift brings the total donated by Dislevy over the past 15 years to approximately $5.3 million. She established the Janis Ann Dislevy Trust Endowed Scholarship in 2003 and the Janis Ann Dislevy Endowed Chair in 2007.

“Janis has been a long-time friend of Minot State University,” MSU Foundation Executive Director Rick Hedberg said. “She understood the value of a college education and wanted others to be able to experience it. Her gift will have an ongoing impact on the university for decades to come.”

You can read more about the donation and Janis Dislevy here.

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