STARKVILLE – A $12.3 million gift from Mississippi State alumni Tommy and Terri Nusz of Houston, Texas, will benefit multiple academic colleges and units at the 135-year-old university.
The gift brings the total raised for the MSU Foundation’s Infinite Impact fundraising campaign to $375 million. The multi-year campaign was launched earlier this year and will continue fundraising toward a $600 million goal by 2018.
Tommy Nusz is president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Houston-based Oasis Petroleum.
The gift includes $250,000 for a strategic initiative fund to be utilized by the engineering dean, and $1 million to create the Nusz Engineering Student Excellence Endowment. Another $1.75 million will create the Thomas B. Nusz Endowed Chair and $1 million will help construct a new engineering and science building to house the Civil and Environmental Engineering department.
Also, $2 million will lead construction of a new facility for the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans.
Another $2 million will serve as a lead gift toward constructing a new Olympic sports facility at MSU. Also, $300,000 will establish the Meagan Nusz Excellence in Women’s Sports Fund to generate more emphasis in this area, and an additional $1 million will support several sports programs, including baseball, women’s basketball, softball and volleyball.
A portion of their gift assists the College of Veterinary Medicine with an $1 million endowed position known as the Terri Nusz Endowed Equine Professorship.
The Nusz gift also includes $1 million for the College of Education and a proposed Partnership School, which is a an opportunity for the college and the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Schools.
Remaining funds of the more than $12 million gift will be held for future university use as determined by the family.