The announcement came during what Bresciani called his last state of the university address. The president who has led the school since 2010 said the power of higher education, and particularly NDSU, has transformed him and others.
“That realization has led me to think about how I could pay it back to NDSU,” he said during the speech. “I have concluded that I can’t ever do enough. I have concluded I can only do everything I possibly can. That is why I recently documented that my entire estate will be left to NDSU.”
Born in Napa Valley, California, Bresciani was hired to be NDSU’s 14th president after serving as the vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Bresciani highlighted a number of accomplishments at NDSU during his tenure, including an increasing number of students who have graduated from the university, a cut to administrative costs, financial stability, raising annual economic impact to $1.5 billion and halving the amount of deferred maintenance on campus.
He also noted NDSU’s endowment has increased by 220%