UND will get $5M donation for entrepreneurship and administration faculty

Tom and Konnie Middleton produced the donation to the Faculty of Entrepreneurship & Management University,

Tom and Konnie Middleton produced the donation to the Faculty of Entrepreneurship & Management University, below the university’s enterprise faculty. The faculty will be named after them.

Tom Middleton is a 1972 UND graduate who grew up in Bowesmont, N.D., in Pembina County. Konnie Middleton (maiden title Peach) graduated from Central High College in Grand Forks and attained a degree in education in 1975. They are retired and dwelling in Arizona.

“Konnie and I are extremely fired up, honored and humbled to partner with UND and the Nistler Higher education of Business enterprise & Public Administration,” Tom Middleton stated in a statement. “We have been pretty fortunate and we enormously benefit providing. We noticed a great option to give the two again and ahead for the advantage of the university, its faculty and college students.”

DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UND Alumni Affiliation and Foundation, reported the Middletons are “making a bold assertion of support for the Nistler School of Business enterprise & Community Administration.”


“They wished to maximize the influence of their gift on the life of UND students,” she said. “We are grateful and humbled that they entrusted us to carry out their philanthropic eyesight.”

The gift was discovered for the duration of a presentation by UND President Andrew Armacost to the State Board of Better Education and learning Thursday, Jan. 28. Modifying the title of a university, like the College of Entrepreneurship & Administration, requires approval from the board. The title modify was authorized unanimously.

Tom Middleton invested his career in profits, gross sales management and promoting with Johnson and Johnson and its numerous pharmaceutical subsidiaries. Konnie Middleton was a clothing customer for department retailer chains right before doing work at residence to elevate their two daughters, Nicole and Lindsay.

“New and renovated structures on our campus are superb, but it’s the plans transpiring inside them which empower our students and faculty to interact in the schooling, carry out the investigation and supply the engagement opportunities that produce the leaders North Dakota requirements,” Armacost reported.

This is the to start with faculty to be named in the Nistler College of Business & Community Administration.

“The Middleton Faculty of Entrepreneurship & Administration will signify who we have been, who we are, and who we strive to be,” Dr. Amy Henley, dean of the Nistler College, claimed. “Thanks to Tom and Konnie, we will be the premier company of entrepreneurship schooling in the Midwest.”

This is the second substantial donation in the last couple several years linked to UND’s business enterprise college. In 2019, Werner and Colleen Nistler donated $20 million to UND toward the design of a new University of Business enterprise and Public Administration making on the UND campus. Building is by now underway on the $70 million undertaking, which also secured a $20 million match from the North Dakota Legislature in 2019.

UND’s company college or university was renamed soon after the Nistlers adhering to the donation.

Armacost included that the Middletons’ “most generous reward” will have a “serious and long lasting impact on the long term of our state and its citizens by contributing to a more powerful and much more numerous economic system.”

The Nistler College of Business enterprise & Public Administration is the premier organization school in North Dakota and serves an regular of 1,400 undergraduate college students and 350 graduate pupils per yr.