Luther College has received its largest individual gift its 162-year history.
The $10 million gift from Michael and Nicole Gerdin and the Gerdin Charitable Foundation announced Monday (11.27) will serve as the lead gift toward the expansion and renovation of the Regents Center, home to Norse athletics and the center for sports and recreation at Luther.
School President Jenifer K. Ward said “This support is not only historic, it speaks to the strength of Luther’s reputation as a fine Iowa college destination and to our potential for future success.”
Athletic Director Renae Hartl added, “This is so incredibly exciting for all of us, and we are beyond grateful to Mike and his family for believing in us and this special place. Here at Luther, students are at the heart of all we do, and these gifts are really about them.”
Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Express in North Liberty, Michael Gerdin is a 1992 graduate of Luther who studied management and was a member of the Norse men’s basketball team.
Preliminary plans for the Gerdin Fieldhouse include a new public entrance space, team meeting spaces for use by all teams, renovation of locker rooms, and a new common area and study space for the 21 Norse athletic teams.
The Gerdin gift comes just weeks after the announcement of $2 million from Dennis and Suzanne Birkestrand to renovate and rename the court inside the Regents Center to the Birkestrand Family Court.