EKU receives million dollar pledge from Louisville couple

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- In an exciting announcement, Eastern Kentucky University reveals it’ll be the recipient of a $1 million pledge from a Louisville couple.

The university announces the pledge in the midst of what it’s calling “an ambitious campus revitalization.” It says the pledge is coming from Maribeth and Louis Berman, of Louisville, to support a combination of academic and student-focused initiatives. EKU says the Bermans’ gift will go toward a series of projects important to them, to be chosen in collaboration with EKU President Michael Benson and other university leaders.

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Included in their total commitment, according to the university, is a twin-engine plane they recently gifted to the EKU Aviation program, as well as a commitment to support the university’s annual fund in coming years. The university says the remainder will be deferred as an estate gift.

“Louis and I are excited to be involved with the transformation going on at EKU,” said Maribeth Berman, a ’92 EKU grad. “The changes being made to facilities, housing, student union, rec center and academic and athletic facilities will all enhance the student experience at EKU. It is an exciting time to be a Colonel!”