Concordia University in Portland, Oregon reports that they have received a $1 million gift to support their opening of a new law school in Boise, Idaho. Concordia will name their new law library the "George R. White Law Library" to honor Mr. White, the Boise philanthropist who made the gift. Last year, Concordia purchased a 74,000-square-foot LEED gold-rated building in Boise which it is renovating in anticipation of opening Boise’s first law school.
According to the proposed law school's Dean Cathy Silak, "having a private option for legal education in Boise ensures that, no matter the economic condition of the state and the city, there will be a privately funded option, whose program offerings are distinctive from other regional options."
The school will serve 85 students per class. Concordia is expanding to Idaho in part because it has a large number of alumni there. The private, Lutheran liberal arts university formed in 1905 in Northeast Portland and serves 2,500 students.