Pathways Forward campaign aims to raise $35 million for UW-Stout

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The University of Wisconsin-Stout is announcing a campaign aimed at raising $ 35 million by 2020.

Friday, the university held a conference with some of its donors who have already raised $30.6 million for the Pathways Forward campaign.

Chancellor Bob Meyer also announced an "aspirational goal" of raising $40 million dollars by June of 2020 during the conference.

Two of the major benefactors spoke at the Memorial Student Center at about their hopes for the funds.

Joe and Tina Pregot of Janesville are donating one million dollars which includes $500,000 for the Prent Packaging Equipment and Technology fund and another $500,000 for the renamed Prent Packaging Laboratories.

Dallas and Edith Pankowski of plover are donating a $4 million estate gift which UW-Stout says is the largest single gift in the university's history.

In addition to the $4 million the Pankowskis' also created an endowed scholarship in their name

Dallas said, “I hope Stout can stay up to date because I'm a technical person and I know the new technologies come along very, very fast. We live in a college town and I realize how tight budgets are. My wife is a former college professor. So, we'd hope that with this grant it would keep the labs where we want them to be and that is state of the art.

Chancellor Meyer also spoke at the event saying continued resources are needed to keep pace and to keep the student experience state of the art,