MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A special gift in his will.

That is what former West Virginia University interim president C. Peter Magrath announced that he will be leaving behind for WVU in the sum of nearly $1 million.

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In a release by WVU, it stated that Magrath’s estate plan names the WVU Foundation as a beneficiary of his individual retirement account in the amount of $877,000 and the gift agreement calls for the donation to be used for scholarships to support future graduate students at WVU.

Magrath made the announcement of the gift on November 14 during WVU’s second annual Day of Giving.

WVU President Gordon Gee said in a statement, “There is no one who understands the land-grant mission better than Peter Magrath, and for him to select West Virginia University for this gift – out of all the land-grants and institutions he has been associated with – is a sterling testament to the way this University is meeting that mission.”

Magrath served as interim president of WVU during 2008-09 and has led other major public universities including Binghamton University in New York, University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri System. He also served as interim president at the University of Nebraska.