March 3, 2008

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Kermit Stroh discusses his family’s $8 million donation while his wife, Mary Lu, and President Sidney Ribeau look on.

Kermit Stroh discusses his family's $8 million donation while his wife, Mary Lu, and President Sidney Ribeau look on.

BGSU receives $8 million, the largest gift in its nearly 100-year history

An $8 million gift from a Wapakoneta family to the University will support several initiatives, including construction of a new convocation center on campus.

On March 1, Kermit F. and Mary Lu Stroh and their family announced the gift, which is the largest single private gift in BGSU’s nearly 100-year history.

In addition to providing $7.7 million for the convocation center–to be called the Stroh Center–the donation includes $200,000 for intercollegiate athletics and $100,000 to be added to the already-established Stroh family endowed scholarship for students from Auglaize, Hardin, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties.

The convocation center is an important project for the Strohs, who have spent a lot of hours at BGSU events in the current facility.

“Anderson Arena is a great venue with wonderful memories, but now is the time for the University to move ahead,” Stroh said. “Our family decided we’d like to lead the charge in creating a new convocation center for the University.”


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