Tektronix Supports Portland State University School of Business Administration Expansion Project
Sizeable Gift Demonstrates Tektronix's Ongoing Commitment to Support Local Communities and Education
BEAVERTON, Ore., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today announced that it has made a sizeable gift of $250,000 to the School of Business Administration (SBA) at Portland State University (PSU) to help build the new School of Business. To recognize the contribution, the university will name a public lobby and event space in honor of Tektronix.
With more than 3,000 students, the SBA is the largest business school in Oregon. It has far outgrown its current building, requiring students to take business classes at various locations across campus. A new $60 million building will triple the square footage and add new classrooms, auditoriums, an event space, offices, study rooms, and common areas. The project will be funded with $20 million in philanthropic gifts and $40 million in state bonds.
"Trained business managers are critical to the success of any business and that foundation building happens at the collegiate level," said Amir Aghdaei, President, Tektronix; Danaher Group Executive. "What especially appeals to us about Portland State's business program is the focus on preparing students for challenges they will face in real-world business environments. We're also excited to participate in the creation of a new event space in downtown Portland for students and the broader community to enjoy."
The SBA has deep connections to business in the Northwest region, illustrated by the strong support the program has received for its building fund. Including the $250,000 gift made by Tektronix, the expansion project has less than $7 million left to raise in private gifts. The program's curriculum was developed with involvement from local companies. All SBA graduates are required to do a capstone consulting project in partnership with a local business, and all MBA students are required to complete a two-week "international experience" overseas--one of the few universities in the country with this requirement.
"One of the key reasons our program continues to grow is the unwavering support we've received from leading companies in our community such as Tektronix," said Scott Dawson, dean of SBA. "We are truly grateful to Tektronix for this latest contribution and the company's long-standing support of our program."
In February, Tektronix announced that it donated more than $22,000 of equipment to the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at PSU.
PSU has an enrollment of more than 29,000 students. For more information on the expansion project go to: http://www.pdx.edu/sba/grow-with-us
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