Chattanooga Athletics Director Rick Hart announced a major gift to the Mocs football program by two prominent donors today.  Renée Haugerud and her husband John H. Murphy contributed $500,000 to UTC’s football program as part of a $2 million gift to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“On behalf of our entire athletics department, I want to thank Renée Haugerud and John Murphy for their generous gift in support of UTC football,’ stated Hart.  “Renée and Murph are special people who have a passion for making things, and people, ‘better.’ They believe that athletics plays an important role on our campus and in our community; and we are grateful that they have chosen to invest in the betterment of our student-athletes.”

“This is a very generous gift to the football program from Renée and John that is greatly appreciated,” added UTC head football coach Russ Huesman. “It makes me feel even better because it comes from someone I played with at UTC.  They are both excited about UTC football and their energy and enthusiasm about the program are what make this whole donation even better.”

Haugerud’s and Murphy’s gift totals $2 million for the University.  In addition to the $500,000 given to the Mocs’ football program, the couple also donated $1.5 million to UTC’s College of Business.  The donation to the business school is for the development of the Renée Haugerud and John H. Murphy Global Finance Center.  This center will serve the more than 1,900 students from all business majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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