Sioux City, Iowa – Morningside University is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $2 million lead gift from alumnus Tom Rosen ’70. The gift will serve as the base funds for the design and construction of a state-of-the-art School of Business building on the Morningside University campus.

“It’s so encouraging that alumni and friends like Tom are showing strong support for Morningside’s future. Our business programs are among our largest and most influential, serving as essential conduits of talent across Siouxland and beyond. As a successful businessman with roots in the Midwest and a proud Morningside alum, Tom knows this well and deeply values our efforts. We’re immensely thankful for his significant investment in helping to secure Morningside’s future,” shared Dr. Albert Mosley, president of Morningside University.

Tom Rosen, a distinguished graduate of Morningside, earned his degree in business administration with minors in livestock marketing and history. His active collegiate life included membership in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and notable achievements in men’s basketball, which led to his induction into the M Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Rosen’s deep connection to the University is further evidenced by his more than 20-year tenure as part of the Morningside University Board of Directors and the honorary degree he received from Morningside in 2017. Known for his philanthropy, Rosen has significantly contributed to the campus’s landscape through major naming gifts for the Rosen-Verdoorn Athletic Complex, Tom Rosen Field, Rosen Ag Center, and various other projects during the Morningside’s This Is Our Moment and Vision 2020 capital campaigns.

“Morningside has always been more than just a place of learning; it’s a community that molds leaders, innovates for the future, and instills values that have guided me throughout my life and career. I am making this investment to give back and to help prepare the next generation of leaders. Business changes quickly, and I want to ensure Morningside can adapt to provide what students and employers need,” said Rosen.

Underpinned by Rosen’s gift, the new School of Business building will provide a state-of-the-art learning space for students who are preparing for the dynamic and evolving business world. While plans for the building will be developed as a result of Rosen’s gift, it is expected the site of the new building will be located on Morningside Avenue north of the Walker Science Center and to the east of the Krone Center and Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center. It is also expected Rosen’s lead gift will spur other major donors and friends of Morningside.

Morningside University Board of Directors Chair Esther Mackintosh shared, “Morningside University is deeply grateful to Tom Rosen and his family for their unwavering support and visionary contribution. This gift undoubtedly leaves a lasting legacy on the campus and its community. Tom’s generosity is a beacon of what we hope to inspire in all of our alumni and benefactors – to dream big and invest in the future of our students.”