UMN journalism school to be renamed for Hubbard family

The Hubbard family owns a large TV and radio broadcasting company and has donated millions to the University.

University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Tuesday.  On December 7, the campus connectors, along with other metro transit buses, will resume bus service on Washington Avenue for the first time since May 2011.

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University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Tuesday. On December 7, the campus connectors, along with other metro transit buses, will resume bus service on Washington Avenue for the first time since May 2011.

by Rilyn Eischens

The University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be renamed in honor of the Hubbard family, the University announced Tuesday.

The school will be called the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication starting July 1, 2017. The change is intended to honor the Hubbard family, which has owned a broadcasting company headquartered in St. Paul since 1923.

The family has donated about $25 million to the University, including a $10 million gift in 2000 — the largest single donation to the SJMC ever.

“The Hubbard family is widely known for its pioneering breakthroughs in journalism, so it’s fitting that our outstanding School of Journalism and Mass Communications should now carry this respected name,” said University President Eric Kaler in a Tuesday press release.

They have also donated to the Athletics Department, the Masonic Cancer Center and the College of Science and Engineering’s Large Telescope Project, among others.

The journalism school will be the first named school in the College of Liberal Arts, CLA Dean John Coleman said in Tuesday’s release.

Hubbard Broadcasting, the parent company of KSTP-TV and KSTC-TV in the Twin Cities, owns 13 television stations and 41 radio stations nationwide, as well as F&F Productions and the Hubbard Radio Network.