2003 Pickens announces $20 million donation, the first of many large sums

In March of 2003, alumnus T. Boone Pickens announces a $20 million donation for the football stadium, soon to bear his name. This spurs the stadium's Next Level Campaign, which generates more than $100 million in gifts and pledges from more than 2,500 individuals. Three years later, he caps the campaign by announcing a $165 million gift for athletics, which is OSU's largest gift ever and the nation's biggest for a university athletic department. Pickens also makes a $63 million gift in 2008 to finish the work in the west end zone.