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Wartburg College receives $1 million gift for engineering science program

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Wartburg College has received a $1 million gift that will create an endowed distinguished professorship in engineering science.

College officials say Gary and Donna Hoover, of Scottsdale, Ariz., have established the Gary and Donna Hoover Distinguished Professorship in Engineering Science.

Gary Hoover, a member of the Wartburg Board of Regents, is the co-founder of Tenaska, a company that develops, owns and operates non-utility power plants.

The college reports its engineering science program has seen tremendous growth during the past decade, and 60 students enrolled in the program in Fall 2013.

“No two people show greater concern for our young people,” said Wartburg President Darrel Colson in a press release. “Wartburg is blessed by Donna and Gary’s presence, their leadership and their service.”

College officials say the Hoovers became affiliated with Wartburg several years ago through Gary Hoover’s uncle, Marv Walston, a Waverly businessman. The two families are the namesakes of Walston-Hoover Stadium at Wartburg. The fieldhouse and track area of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center is also named in honor of the Hoovers.

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