The money was donated by Stephen and Lisa Bonner. Stephen Bonner is a 1972 graduate of the law school and president and chief executive officer of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
The donation will establish the Bonner Distinguished Chair and Innovation Fund, which will be used to “advance innovation in the teaching of law,” according to a written statement by the school.
“We are thrilled with the Bonners’ generosity,” said Eric Janus, president and dean of the St. Paul, Minn., law school. “The legal profession and higher education are changing, and the Bonners have given us the resources to innovate and find ways to best prepare students for practice and leadership in this new world.”
A portion of the money will support the Bonner Family Scholarship Endowment, founded in 2008 and to pay for student scholarships.
“If not for Mitchell, I would not have been able to get my J.D. degree in an evening program, which has been the cornerstone of progress for Lisa and for my family,” Bonner said. “We seek to attract more great students to Mitchell and to support the environment where they, our faculty and our administration can drive innovation for our communities.”
Karen Sloan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.