Not quite that big, but the Williamson family cashed in big with the University to the tune of $5 million. The donation from the family of Youngstown broadcast pioneer Warren P. Williamson will be used to help build a new $30 million building for the University's Williamson College of Business Administration.
Williamson founded WKBN at age 26 and during its early year ran the station out of his Youngstown home.
It is this type of support which will go a long way to increase the national standing of YSU. I understand that buildings aren't the only thing necessary to build great programs at a school, but when students have state of the art classrooms with excellent access to research, they are that much more ahead of their counterparts at other schools.
Along with several other recent new buildings completed at YSU (the Wellness Center, Education School, etc.), YSU is really working hard to brand itself as a high tech school in what most people think of as a low tech city. With their effort to reconnect to downtown and the outlets there such as the Youngstown Business Incubator, we aren't going to be low tech for much longer.