BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana State University announced Monday it received a $50 million gift to the College of Engineering.

MSU alumus Norm Asbjornson donated the money.  Asbjornson is from Winifred, Montana. He is the founder and president of AAON, a heating and ventilation manufacturer.  According to an article in Montana State's Mountains and Minds magazine, in 2009 AAON had sales  of $280 million.

It is the largest private gift in the Montana's history.

Speakers at Monday's event included Asbjornson, Governor Steve Bullock, Board of Regents member Jeff Krauss and MSU President Waded Cruzado.