Two million dollars of the donation will go to the university's first ever fully funded endowed faculty chair position, and $1 million will fund two graduate student fellowships. Seattle couple Tom Alberg and Judith Beck donated the money because their son currently attends the U of I, and they're happy with the school's quality of education.
"I think you're a somewhat undiscovered resource sometimes in the Pacific Northwest, but the people who know you, you have a great reputation," said donor Tom Alberg.
"These gifts signal an important forward for the University of Idaho as a 21st century, national research university," said University of Idaho President Duane Nellis.
Nellis said that the money will attract some of the nation's top researchers, and allow them to retain their best faculty members. The money will also pay for a brand new classroom at the university's Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery, and create an endowed faculty excellence fund in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.