U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, left, surveys biofuel research equipment during a tour of the Sustainable Energy Research Center Pilot Scale Facility led by MSU Forest Products department head Rubin Shmulsky. MSU announced Monday that it received a $12.3 million gift from Oasis Petroleum president Tommy Nusz, $1.75 million of which will go toward an endowed chair focused on energy and petroleum studies. (File photo)
Mississippi State University announced Monday that alumni Tommy and Terri Nusz have donated $12.3 million for the university to bolster its efforts in engineering, sports, teacher education, veteran resources, equine health and other causes close to the Nusz familyâ€™s hearts.
Nusz is president, CEO and board chairman for Oasis Petroleum in Houston, Texas. While he founded the company in 2007, he has worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years. John Rush, MSU vice president for development and alumni, said while the Nusz family had regularly contributed to MSU for more than a decade, this was the familyâ€™s largest gift yet.
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