The College of Engineering is fortunate to receive gifts in support of our students and research from alumni and donors. We work hard to recognize their support and give credit to everyone who endeavors to enhance our College through philanthropic support. Sometimes we receive gifts anonymously, for which we duly acknowledge within the confines of anonymity.
This week we received a planned gift of such profound impact that, when realized, it will forever change the College and more specifically, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from an anonymous College of Engineering alumnus. This gift of $20 million dollars is the largest single gift to a department at LSU and will forever alter the course of our College. Words alone can not express our gratitude and appreciation. It is my sincere hope that our students, faculty and staff will exhibit the generosity bestowed upon LSU by this random act of kindness. May their actions forever be a bold reflection of the greatness of a single, selfless individual who had the wherewithal to make a transformational difference in our lives and our future.
I hope this letter reaches our anonymous donor and they are aware of our appreciation and gratitude.
Rick Koubek, Dean