Campus Building Named for Bernard J. Brommel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Dana Navarro
September 21, 2010 (773) 442-4227
Campus Building Named for Bernard J. Brommel,
Northeastern Illinois University’s First $1 Million Donor
Chicago - Bernard J. Brommel, Northeastern Illinois University’s (NEIU) first $1 million donor, has recently committed another seven-figure gift through his estate plan to establish and underwrite an endowment in perpetuity to maintain, enhance and renovate the Science Building, which will be renamed Bernard J. Brommel Hall in his honor.
Bernard J. Brommel, professor emeritus in the communication, media and theatre department, taught at Northeastern for more than 30 years. A teacher and scholar, he has written numerous books and scholarly articles. He retired in 2000, at which time the title professor emeritus was bestowed upon him. An alumnus of NEIU, Brommel graduated from the College of Education with a Master of Arts degree in family communication and guidance and counseling in 1982.
During his tenure at NEIU, he co-founded with President Emerita Salme Steinberg the Founders Society, the University’s first philanthropic society, for which he has served as chairman since its inception in 2001. He has underwritten 17 scholarships or award endowments at NEIU including the prestigious Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award. Owing to his generosity, numerous students already have and will continue to receive scholarships to help defray their education costs.
Sharon Hahs, president, NEIU, said, "Dr. Brommel is a champion of Northeastern, and we recognize and thank him for his many years of dedicated service and generous philanthropic support of this University."
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