Couple gives $1 million to Winona State University Foundation honoring President Darrell Krueger with library name

Posted: March 9, 2005

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

The Winona State University Library will be named in honor of retiring university President Darrell Krueger in accordance with the wishes of a couple who has given a $1 million gift to the university's foundation. The naming is being done with the concurrence of Winona State faculty, staff and students. University officials said the couple who made the gift wishes to remain anonymous.

The donors told the foundation they believed such an honor was appropriate because of the vision and leadership Krueger brought to Winona State University and to the state during his tenure. Krueger will retire on June 30 after serving for 16 years.

The Darrell W. Krueger Library name will become official at a dedication ceremony April 29. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick has approved the name honoring Krueger and plans to attend the dedication.

"Darrell Krueger has been an excellent leader in higher education, not just in this state, but across the nation," Chancellor McCormick said. "His years of service to Winona State University, to the Winona and Rochester communities, to the state of Minnesota and to higher education in general will be felt for decades to come."

In making their request, the couple cited Krueger's vision in transforming Winona State University into one of the nation's premier public institutions with service to society as a central focus. In addition, the couple cited the tremendous changes that have occurred at Winona State University over the past 16 years including the building of the library and a new science laboratory center, as well as an almost-complete facelift of the university grounds.

The culture of an institution that offers quality education for students while providing a public good to the region, state and nation is embodied in Winona State University's mission statement - developed under Krueger's leadership - identifying the university as "a community of learners dedicated to improving our world."

The $1 million gift is being applied to the library's acquisition endowment to help maintain the integrity of the library by ensuring that its holdings represent the best of academic literature and research.

Krueger came to Winona State University in 1989 and immediately began working with faculty, staff, students and state officials to improve the campus grounds and to secure state approval for a new library. The Minnesota Legislature approved funds for the building in 1994. Construction began in 1997, and the 108,000-square-foot building was dedicated in September 1999.

"I'm truly humbled and honored by this gesture," Krueger said. "I'd like to share the day and this great honor with everyone who has had a hand in making Winona State University the exceptional place it has become. We could not have accomplished all we have without the cooperation and dedication of the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders."

The "unveiling ceremony" for the library name is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, April 29, in front of the library building on the university campus. The event is open to the public.