Monday, 19 March 2018 20:33

Anonymous donor gives $10 million to UMaine's College of Engineering Featured

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Anonymous donor gives $10 million to UMaine's College of Engineering

ORONO - UMaine's Engineering program is getting a hefty boost, thanks to one generous family.

An anonymous gift of $10 million will help construct the school's Engineering Education and Design Center.

The multi-million dollar donation is the single largest capital gift in UMaine history.

UMaine's President Susan Hunter says the new school building will help meet both student need and the state's need for engineers.

Once the school raises enough funds for the project, the board of trustees can finalize design plans for the center.

Groundbreaking for the new building is set for spring of 2020.

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