In the day since Mark Kennedy was announced as the sole finalist in the University of Colorado System presidential search, students have organized a rally in opposition to the choice, faculty have expressed concern and an open letter against Kennedy has begun circulating.

CU Boulder announced Thursday that supporters Suzanne and Dave Hoover are donating $5 million to the university.

Of the $5 million, $2.5 million will go to the School of Education, which in early 2020 will move to the Fleming Building. The gift will help in creating state-of-the-art  learning labs and dynamic collaborative spaces, according to a news release. The School of Education has been in its current home, the Education Building, since the early 1950s.

The Hoovers also are supporting interdisciplinary offerings through the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy, the College of Music and CU Athletics with the remaining $2.5 million of their gift, according to the release.

“The Hoover family’s generous gift allows us to create collaborative and welcoming spaces within our new building that will bring together faculty, staff, students and members of our surrounding educational community,” Dean of the School of Education Kathy Schultz stated in the release. “It will enable us to better work together to transform the educational opportunities for children now and in the future.”

Suzanne and Dave Hoover, longtime supporters of the university and former CU Boulder parents, also serve on the School of Education’s Development Advisory Board and the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy Advisory Board, respectively, according to the release.

Suzanne Hoover, a CU Foundation trustee, said she strongly believes in the “power of education to transform lives,” which is why she and her husband wanted to make this investment, the release stated.

“When we invest in education, we’re investing in our communities,” Suzanne Hoover said in the release. “We’re hopeful that our gift inspires others to do the same.”

Other investments from the Hoover’s gift include: $1 million in support of the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy and CU Boulder’s mission to cultivate diverse leaders; and $1 million to CU Athletics. The latter will support student-athlete excellence and establish endowments for educational support in the football and basketball programs, according to the release.

Additionally, the Hoovers are committing $500,000 to the College of Music, expanding its previously established Hoover Fund for Music Education and enhancing the college’s innovative Trying on Teaching and Middle School Ensemble programs, the release stated. A portion of the investment will support the expansion of the Imig Music Building.

“The Hoovers recognize the need for shaping great educators and strong leaders,” Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano stated in the release. “Through their gift, the Hoovers are creating a legacy of support for future generations of students, educators and leaders at CU Boulder.”

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