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Lowell, David, Debbie Andreas pledge $7.5 million for new Arts & Humanities endowment

Nadine B. Andreas Endowment

Lowell Andreas and David and Debbie Andreas have pledged $7.5 million to Minnesota State Mankato for a new Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities, dedicated to the memory of their wife and mother.

2007-08-31
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [8/29/2007]

Lowell Andreas and David and Debbie Andreas have pledged $7.5 million to Minnesota State Mankato for a new Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities, dedicated to the memory of their wife and mother.

The funds will be used to promote student and faculty development in the College of Arts & Humanities, and to bring to campus cultural events that enrich the Mankato community.

“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift from the Andreas family in memory of Nadine Andreas, a wonderful patron of the arts in our Mankato community,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport.

“Andreas family members have been generous contributors to Minnesota State Mankato for many years. This latest gift from Lowell, Debbie and David will significantly enhance the quality of arts and humanities teaching and learning on our campus.”

Lowell and Nadine Andreas have supported the arts at Minnesota State Mankato in a variety of ways, including funding the Andreas Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. In addition, they provided the naming gift for the Andreas Observatory on campus.

“Nadine had a deep love for the arts, especially theatre,” Lowell Andreas said. “It is with deep gratitude for her life that David, Debbie and I contribute this gift in her honor and memory so that faculty, staff, students and all members of the Mankato community will benefit from the many personal and social rewards that the arts provide.”

“My mother always made sure the arts would be supported because of her long involvement with and appreciation of these important disciplines,” said David Andreas. “This is a fitting way to remember her commitment to improving the communities where she lived through the arts.”

The Nadine B. Andreas Endowment will support three major College of Arts & Humanities initiatives: Artists and scholars in residence, graduate assistantships, and creative or research grants for faculty. The activities will be complemented by other, similar events throughout the year.

The endowment “supports grants in each of the College’s eight departments for faculty creative and research work in the summer; these grants are investments that will culminate in new work and new knowledge,” said Jane Earley, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. “It also will enrich the community by bringing guest artists and speakers to campus, by bringing talented graduate students who will enhance University programming, by keeping talented faculty, and by focusing attention on programs that are important to the public.”

Lowell Andreas is the retired president of Archer Daniels Midland Company. He was born in Lisbon, Iowa, and majored in philosophy at the University of Iowa. In 2004 he and his wife Nadine received honorary doctorate degrees from Minnesota State Mankato – only the second and third such degrees conferred in the University’s history.

Nadine was born in West Liberty, Iowa, and attended the University of Minnesota, where she performed in theater productions and developed a love of the arts. She died in 2005.

Their son David, a 1976 Minnesota State Mankato master’s degree graduate, is retired president and CEO of National City Bancorporation, Minneapolis. He also is a Minnesota State Mankato Foundation board member, serves on College of Business and College of Social & Behavioral Sciences advisory boards, and serves on the boards of number of state and international nonprofit organizations.

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