Lee & Penny Anderson
On October 24, 2007, St. Thomas received its largest gift from a single donor, a $60 million gift from Lee and Penny Anderson. At the press conference announcing the donation, Lee Anderson said, “We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to leave something behind when we’re gone that will benefit the students in Minnesota.” The donation from the Andersons, the largest donation to a Minnesota college to date, was earmarked, in part, for the construction of the Anderson Student Center. “The students are the core of this institution,” Anderson said. Originally expected to open in 2011, the Anderson Student Center opened its doors for the St. Thomas community on January 17, 2012.