UND gets $3M gift to transform original president’s home

September 19, 2018

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota will use a $3 million donation to help transform the original president’s home on campus into a center for graduate and international students.

The Grand Forks school says the gift is from Hal and Kathy Gershman. Hal Gershman is an alumnus, successful businessman and former City Council president. Kathy Gershman is a former UND professor and department chairwoman.

The Oxford House was built in 1903 and was home to UND’s fourth president, Webster Merrifield. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The Gershmans’ gift qualifies for a state matching grant, so $4.5 million is available for the renovation project that will begin this fall.

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