Iowa State University gets $42M gift for new facility

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa State University alumni have provided a $42 million gift commitment to build a new facility for industrial engineering students.

C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen's gift to the university's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering is part of their long-standing relationship with Iowa State, the university said in a news release.

“Iowa State alumni know that our educational excellence creates a solid foundation for future achievements,” Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen said. “This transformational investment by two extraordinary alums, Turk and Joyce Therkildsen, helps to solidify Iowa State University’s prominence in engineering and to prepare our students for success in an increasingly complex, technology-driven world. We are grateful for their generosity.”

The Iowa Board of Regents Property and Facilities Committee recommended on Wednesday the approval for the building to be named “Therkildsen Industrial Engineering” in honor of the Therkildsens. The full board will consider the proposed naming on Thursday.

The couple are members of the class of 1959, he is an industrial engineering alumnus, and she graduated with majors in zoology and physical education.