Energy Transfer Partners makes largest donation ever to University of Mary capital project

The Dakota Access Pipeline developer has made the single largest donation to the University of Mary’s capital campaign.

At a news conference on Friday at the University of Mary campus, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners presented a $5 million check that will help fund the university’s 18,200-square-foot engineering school and create a new workforce development program.

“Speaking on behalf of the senior team at Energy Transfer (Partners), I appreciate the people of the state and how you stood with us and how you stood behind us when we were trying to complete the pipeline. That will never be forgotten,” said Chris Curia, executive vice president of human resources for the company. “For us, getting to meet the people of North Dakota, getting to spend some time here, has been a huge blessing. We would never have known about the University of Mary if we didn’t have to come out here and visit.”