Ottawa University announced that alumni Jim ’57 and Jeanne ’56 O’Dell have donated $6 million to the University, the single largest gift in the school’s 152-year history. This extraordinary gift will fund the O’Dell Center for Athletics at the University’s newest residential campus at Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) in Surprise.
“Every once in a while, something really special enters into and informs the life of Ottawa University in such a way that it is a true game-changer,” said Kevin Eichner, OU President. “Today, it is my very great pleasure to make an announcement about just such an event. The O’Dell’s have been strong supporters of our move for launching our new campus. From the beginning they saw the promise inherent in Surprise for Ottawa University’s institutional future.”