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West Texas A&M University receives largest gift in University history

Paul Engler and the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation have agreed to donate $1 million per year for a period of no less than 80 years to WTAMU. (Screenshot courtesy of WTAMU's YouTube video)

On Friday, officials at West Texas A&M University announced its largest gift in the University's 117-year history.

According to WTAMU, Paul Engler and the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation have agreed to donate $1 million per year for a period of no less than 80 years to the University.

WTAMU said the Texas A&M University Board of Regents has granted naming rights to the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

"West Texas A&M University is the lifeblood of the Texas Panhandle," John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, said. "An investment in this institution is an investment in the future of the region. What an honor it is to become part of the legacy of Paul Engler, a man whose true grit and entrepreneurial spirit has transformed an entire industry."

On behalf of the foundation, Engler said he appreciates the University for its acceptance of the gift and its offer to name respective colleges honoring his name.

WTAMU said Engler he praised the overall institutional quality of the respective colleges and the leadership Dr. Terry and Dr. Hawkins demonstrate on a daily basis.



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