BISMARCK, ND — American Bank Center has presented the University of Mary with $1 million for its Vision 2030 Capital Campaign; specifically the new Campus Center where American Bank Center will be opening its on-campus branch (pending regulatory approval); the first of its kind in western North Dakota.

American Bank Center has long been a supporter of the University of Mary. As an employee-owned, independent community bank, American recognizes the value of education in our communities. The plan is to not only use the latest technology in the on-campus branch, but to employ University of Mary students to operate the facility. American Bank Center President and CEO David Ehlis stated, “This will provide a unique opportunity for those students to learn the ins and outs of the financial services industry while receiving a top-notch education from the University of Mary.”

The on-campus branch is projected to open in time for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Community is at the forefront of American Bank Center’s mission and a Benedictine value we practice here daily at the University of Mary, so this significant commitment exemplifies the continued and strengthened partnership over the years between us that is truly providential,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Because community and service to others is important for our students, our faculty, our staff and our way of life, we are excited, honored and blessed to welcome American Bank Center to our University of Mary community and look forward to a long prosperous partnership.”

“As the largest locally owned financial center in southwest North Dakota and one of the five largest banks in the state, this expansion and significant physical presence by American Bank Center inside our new Campus Center will provide a big benefit and convenience to our nearly 2,000 students studying on campus and to our faculty and staff that is unique among campuses across North Dakota,” said Jerome Richter, vice president for the Office of Public Affairs at Mary. “Because the Campus Center will be at the heart of campus as the hub for community events and student activity, it’s comforting to know the ABC branch will be an integral part of day-to-day life when its doors open in the fall of 2017.”

Aerial rendering of the new University of Mary Campus Center

Aerial rendering of the new University of Mary Campus Center

The University of Mary publicly announced its Vision 2030 Campaign in October 2015. The plan spans the next 15 years and not only includes the new student center, but new on-campus housing, new athletic facilities, updates to infrastructure and IT, updated lab schools, renovations of current athletic facilities, remodeling the Benedictine Center, a School of Engineering, renovation of the Harold Miller Center, expansion of the Arizona campus, building of a Graduate School of Health Sciences, renovating the Clairmont Center, building a fine arts auditorium, developing graduate housing, additional faculty and the possible pursuit of a medical school. To date, the Vision 2030 Campaign has raised $42.7 million of the phase one goal.