$1 million gift to develop leadership program at Minot State

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MINOT, N.D. - Minot State University is launching a new leadership program, thanks to a seven-figure donation from an alumnus and his wife.

Roger and Ann Looyenga announced Wednesday they were gifting the school $1 million for the program.

The money will be used to fund new leadership certificate and concentration courses.

Roger is already a part of a leadership scholarship program that works with students on developing their skills through group projects.

He says he hopes the new courses instill characteristics that were invaluable to him when he acted as CEO and Chairman of Auto Owners Insurance Company.

“Honesty, integrity, hard work, the importance of relationship building. You soon understand the importance of being able to inspire other people in the right direction and that is what leadership is all about,” said Roger Looyenga.

The courses are scheduled to open for enrollment in Fall of 2020.