Gilkey Building Opens Thanks to Donor Support

On May 12, over 100 UM donors, friends, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building, a new home for executive education, the Global Leadership Initiative and the UM Foundation. The 31,411-square-foot building was generously funded by donors who care about supporting ongoing professional development training opportunities for our state’s emerging and established leaders.

UM alumni Harold and Priscilla Gilkey made a substantial lead gift in support of the project, and they were joined by 128 other donors who provided funds to finance construction.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

“The University of Montana helped me develop my appreciation for lifelong learning,” said Priscilla Gilkey. “It is our goal that programs held in the Gilkey Building will be a catalyst and springboard for others to achieve their dreams.”

The executive education offerings compliment UM’s existing strengths in entrepreneurship at the School of Business Administration and campus-wide.

“Our executive education programs will help business leaders build strong organizations and support economic vitality, in Montana and beyond,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. “We will combine academic rigor with real-world experiences to build entrepreneurial leaders in our global 21st century.”

Gilkey opening ceremony

Thank you to all our donors. We appreciate your support!

Gilkey Building Donors - $5,000 and over

Charles and Lynette Ainslie
Bank of Montana
Ned M. Barnes*
Rodney W. Barnett*
Donald N. Bauhofer*
David P. and Cherie Bobbitt
Thomas H. and Ann Boone
Jack J. Burke 1952 and Nancy C. Burke* 1952
Robert F. Burke 1954
Raymond J. Cosman 1966 and Amy S. Cosman
Jim and Becky Cote
Ian B. Davidson 1953 and Nancy P. Davidson 1959
William L. Eisenhart
John E. Foote* 1967 and Pat Foote
James P. Fugate
Larry and Dee Dee Gianchetta 1971
Harold B. Gilkey 1962 and Priscilla L. Gilkey 1962
Duane C. Gilkey 1958 and Janet K. Gilkey
Golf Savings Bank
Paul Haack 1972 and Betty Haack 1972
Dayne and Judi K. Hanna
Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Kermit K. and Linda L. Houser
Kurt and Jeanette Ingold and Family
Ron and Michelle Gilkey Jewett
Parker Jewett
Peyton Jewett
William A. Knick 1974 and Cherrie L. Knick
Robert D.* and Renee Larrabee
The Wertz Family
L’Heureux-Page-Werner Architects and Engineers
Stephen L’Heureux and Carol Bradley
Ed Matteucci 1959 and Peggy Matteucci
Jim Mountain 1981 and Bonnie Briggs Mountain 1980, JD 1983
Sam McDonald*
Pacific Steel & Recycling
Phil R. Palm* 1950
William G. Papesh 1965 and Cheryl A. Papesh 1966
Ron and Heidi Stanley
Sterling Financial Corporation
Sterling Financial Corporation Board of Directors
Sterling Savings Bank Board of Directors
Max and Betty Swanson Foundation
Raymon and Ladeine Thompson
Warren Vaughan* 1948, JD 1948
David O. and Donna R. Wallace
Wendy’s of Montana Foundations, Inc.
A. Warren Wilcox III 1965, Honorary Doctorate 2012 and Betsy Ross Wilcox MA 1966
Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole P.S.
Ronald J. Yates Jr. 1996 and Amy L. Yates 1995
Jennifer Zech
Jessica Zech
Susan Gilkey Zech
Bill and Carole Zuppe
*Indicates deceased individual

Pictured above: (Top) From left, outgoing School of Business Administration Dean Larry Gianchetta, Priscilla Gilkey, President Royce Engstrom and Harold Gilkey cut the official grand-opening ribbon. (Bottom) UM donors, friends, faculty and staff gather for the celebration.