Development Spotlight: Neil Anderson '85 '89

Professor Neil Anderson (M.S. Horticulture '85, Ph.D. Horticulture '89) grew up on a small Vermont dairy farm that instilled in him a love for plants early on. As early as 5 years old, Prof. Anderson was interested in horticulture, botany and floriculture—teasing apart flowers in his mother’s garden. By second grade he began crossbreeding flowers and tracking the yearly winter survival of native spring ephemerals (plants that flower for a brief time in the spring).

Neil grew up and embarked on his formal education and training and joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1999 where he directs the Flower Breeding and Genetics program. Since that time, he has educated, advised and mentored hundreds of undergraduate, professional, and graduate students who are now in a variety of horticultural careers.

So when Neil started to think about estate planning years ago and leaving his personal legacy, he decided to focus on helping students. He created the Professor Neil Anderson Floriculture Graduate Fellowship in Flower Breeding with a testamentary bequest. Besides benefiting future graduate students in CFANS, the students will study in the Applied Plant Sciences Graduate Program and have one or more of the following interests: flower breeding, floral design and floriculture production or physiology.

Since his future gift will establish an endowment fund, students will benefit well into the future. Whether it be 5, 10 or even 50 years from now Professor Neil Anderson will continue to positively influence students. Right now, there may be a 5-year old child teasing apart the flowers in his/her mother’s garden who is the future recipient of the Professor Neil Anderson Floriculture Graduate Fellowship in Flower Breeding.

To learn more about opportunities to support CFANS student scholarships and research, visit the Give to CFANS webpage.

For more information about establishing your personal legacy in CFANS please call:
Shana Zaiser
(612) 626-3045