University of Portland
01-22-2014
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland receives RISE Campaign gifts totaling $100,000 from two donors

University of Portland has announced RISE Campaign gifts totaling $100,000 from two members of the University’s Board of Regents. The donors and their gifts are John (Jack) Block ’71, Chicago, Ill., $50,000; and Ted Winnowski, $50,000.

Block graduated from the University of Portland in 1971 with a business administration degree and is president of Block Electric Co. Inc. He has served on the Board of Regents since 2000. From his donation, $25,000 will go to the Pamplin School of Business Administration and $25,000 to the future Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center.

Block began his career with Block Electric immediately after earning a degree at UP and eventually became the company’s president in 1980. The electrical contractor company, founded by his grandfather in 1920 and based in Northern Illinois, specializes in commercial, industrial, institutional and telephone/data installations. As a long-tenured president of the company, Block has enjoyed his involvement as a leader in the electrical contracting arena. Block formerly served on the University’s Presidential Advisory Council for the Pamplin School of Business Administration.

Winnowski, a financial and corporate consultant, is also a strategic member of Columbia Business Advisors, a private consulting firm in the Northwest, plus Veber Partners, an investment banking firm. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Centennial Bank and Centennial Bancorp, Portland. He has more than 30 years of financial and banking experience.

Winnowski has served on the Board of Regents since 1994, including nearly six years as chair. He recently served as a board member for Regence BlueCross and BlueShield of Oregon, is the former Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland in Oregon, and is honorary board chair for the Portland Chamber of Commerce (currently Portland Business Alliance).

The gifts are part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The campaign has raised more than $168 million to date and is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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