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Gonzaga receives largest-ever gift, $25 million

Thu., July 11, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

A $25 million gift from a Gonzaga University trustee to help build a new university center is the single largest donation in the college’s 125-year history.

“It is an honor to be able to help contribute to the continued success of Gonzaga … . This center is about Gonzaga, its incredible mission and the support of students who will go out and make a difference in the world,” said donor John J. Hemmingson, who has been a GU trustee for several years.

In announcing the gift Thursday, GU President Thayne McCulloh said the university is “extremely grateful. It is his gift that is making this happen.”

Hemmingson is a self-described entrepreneur who has invested in many sectors, including education, insurance, real estate, technology and agriculture. He’s a Montana native and moved to Post Falls 20 years ago.

“With this gift, John demonstrates his personal commitment to the institution and his optimism and faith in the future,” said Fritz Wolff, GU’s Board of Trustees chairman. “He sees the University Center as a vital step in advancing the campus for the next generation of Zags.”

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