Northwest Nazarene University gets $10 million gift

broberts@idahostatesman.comMarch 7, 2014 

Jim Marion, with Northwest Nazarene University's environmental services, touches up one of the university's signs in 1999, when it was renamed from Northwest Nazarene College.


Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa has received a $10 million estate gift that college officials say will transform the university.

It is the largest gift in the school's history.

The gift is from the late Howard and Mary Conrad of Kimberly. Howard Conrad was a farmer who also raised championship quarter horses.

The gift is unrestricted, which means the school can use the money any way it wants. College officials did not say Friday afternoon exactly how the money would be used.

The Conrads were long-time supporters of the university and Howard was a founding member of the NNU Foundation board. The Conrads' daughter, Julie (Conrad) Sievers, is a member of the NNU Board of Trustees.

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