Irgens donates $2 million to Wisconsin School of Business

Special to The Freeman

March 13, 2014

MADISON – With the intent of strengthening public education institutions, Mark and Susan Irgens made a $2 million donation to the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Mark Irgens is a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna and president and chief executive officer of Irgens, a private full-service real estate services firm with offices in Milwaukee, Chicago and Phoenix.

“I received a public education all the way through, and I don't think I fully paid for it,” Irgens said in a statement. “It's important to protect, reinforce and even enhance these institutions that create value and give people a start.”

The Graaskamp Center links faculty, students, alumni, the professional community, government agencies and the general public.

“The center is strong today and will be strong tomorrow because of the support of industry leaders throughout the country,” said Graaskamp Center Executive Director Michael Brennan, also managing principal of Brennan Investment Group, Chicago.

“Real estate development is an in-the-trenches, duke-it-out type job, but if you have the sophistication and skills that you learn at the business school and through Graaskamp, it helps you perform at a far higher level,” Irgens said.

Established in 1983, Irgens has completed hundreds of diverse development and management projects totaling more than $2 billion in real estate value with 7 million square feet under management.