September 22, 2009

AccuWeather founder gives Penn State $2M

Pennsylvania State University says Joel Myers, founder of AccuWeather Inc., has made a $2 million gift to the school to ensure its leadership in meteorology.

Myers, a Penn State trustee and alumnus, said the gift will support the university's new weather center. Officials said the gift is the largest ever made to the school's Department of Meteorology and among the largest ever received for programs in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

School officials said the new weather facility will be named The Joel N. Myers Weather Center.

AccuWeather's success has been tied to the Penn State experience in many ways and for many decades, Myers said in a statement. What I learned from this great university as an undergraduate and graduate student, as a faculty member for 17 years and then for the past 28 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, has been a major factor in my success, in AccuWeather's success and in the success of many people who have been affiliated with Penn State. This donation is one way in which I want to say 'thank you' for what Penn State has meant to me throughout my life.