Benefactors Plaza

At Michigan State University, dreams and aspirations are nourished, talents and passions are cultivated, and lives are transformed.

From modest beginnings in 1855, MSU has been built on the strength of its people and their pride in its mission into a renowned land grant institution. As a university with global reach and with a research and education program of international distinction, where possibilities are infinite, MSU continues to serve as a touchstone for alumni and friends.

This Benefactors Plaza is a tribute to the many whose significant financial gifts touch lives, encourage growth, and stimulate never-ending progress at this extraordinary institution. Their generosity is profoundly appreciated.

Honoring our donors

Dedicated in 2007, Benefactors Plaza commemorates the contributions of Michigan State University's most generous donors. The people and organizations listed on these pillars have demonstrated an understanding of the value of MSU to individuals, communities and our world. They represent a new generation of donors who recognize the pivotal role of private support to maintain MSU's excellence.

The contributions of those included in Benefactors Plaza reverberate on MSU's campus each day through the search for knowledge and the creation of leaders ready for the challenges ahead. Benefactors Plaza is symbolic of MSU's profound gratitude to those whose lifetime giving has surpassed the $100,000 level.

Located in the beautiful north end of MSU's campus park, Benefactors Plaza creates a stunning pedestrian thoroughfare just steps away from the iconic Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Benefactors Plaza acknowledges our most significant donors and signifies that dedication and generosity are part of the fabric of Michigan State.

Creating art in public spaces

Benefactors Plaza is a beautiful work of art designed to be an aesthetically significant landmark on campus. In Plain Sight Art designs and produces site-specific public art installations nationwide. Their expertise in translating digital files into ceramic enamel tiles is an innovative use of photography that integrates architectural materials and forms a new language for visual art in public spaces.