The Tykeson Family Charitable Trust has committed $1 million to the expansion of the Oregon State University – Cascades campus into a four-year university, announced OSU President Ed Ray. This is the first million-dollar gift ever to OSU-Cascades and the Tykeson foundation’s second gift in support of the campus.
The Eugene, Ore.-based Tykeson Family Charitable Trust has supported higher education since its inception more than 20 years ago, including gifts to Oregon Health and
“There are many factors that make for a successful community and state. Access to higher education is on the short list. This gift from the Trust is another step in reinforcing our partnership with OSU-Cascades to help
Her father, Donald Tykeson, acquired BendBroadband in 1983 and has been involved in a range of cable and business interests on the West Coast. He created the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust in order to provide a means to support higher education, healthcare and the arts. “It is important to our family to give back – and there is frankly no better investment in our future besides higher education. As a family we are pleased to reinforce the good work of OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. We look forward to watching the new campus unfold and are pleased to help make that happen,” he said.
To date, including this most recent gift from the Tykeson family, donors have committed more than $2.8 million to the expansion since fundraising efforts began in earnest this spring. The campus is optimistic it can secure the remainder of the $4 million needed for facilities by December 2013, Ray said.
A Campaign Cabinet has been created to help lead fundraising efforts. “
The newly formed cabinet includes the following:
- Allan and Ann Bruckner
- Gary Fish
- Mike and Sue Hollern
- Mark and Kathy Kralj
- Patti and Greg Moss
- Oran and Janie Teater
- Bob and Clella Thomas
- Amy Tykeson and John Teller
“These community leaders, along with the growing number of statewide supporters, have given Central Oregon every reason to believe that our momentum to build a much needed four-year university will continue over the next 15 months,” said Becky Johnson. “This campus is for
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