Oregon State University’s plan to expand its footprint in Bend is taking a giant leap forward. Wednesday, the university announced a million-dollar gift from a Eugene-based foundation with deep ties to Central Oregon.
The Tykeson Family Charitable Trust was established 20 years ago by cable magnate, Don Tykeson. His daughter, Amy Tykeson, is President and CEO of BendBroadband.
Both of them direct the family’s trust supporting higher education, health care and the arts.
OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson says the Tykeson gift is the largest ever for the campus. Just as important, she says it demonstrates the depth of community support for a four-year campus.
“This is going to show people that there is interest in a major investment in higher education in Central Oregon.”
This latest gift now puts OSU-Cascades within about a million dollars of its $4 million fundraising target. The school plans to use that money along with $16 million in yet-to-be-approved state bonds to pay for the expansion.