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Eli Broad Changed MSU Forever

With his wife Edythe Broad, MSU’s most generous alumnus built an enduring legacy in higher education 

Renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, MSU alumnus and Detroit native, Eli Broad created an indelible legacy at his alma matter, envisioning and funding projects that have helped to create a better society and will benefit Spartans for generations.

Broad passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at the age of 87.

Famously, he once told a class of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, “I love to build things.”  He built many remarkable things including: a contemporary art museum in the Midwest, a public college of Business with a passion for innovation and a philanthropic legacy that has inspired many—and that’s just at MSU.

Collectively, the Broads and their related foundation have given nearly $100 million to Michigan State, making them the largest donors in MSU’s history.

Our entire community is proud to pay tribute to this Spartan who inspired so many of us. We will dearly miss his pursuit of excellence and forward-thinking wisdom. 

To learn more about Eli Broad’s legacy visit MSU Today.

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