The Emma Eccles Jones Foundation announced early today it is donating $25 million to Utah State University's College of Education and Human Services.

The gift will be used for construction of an additional education and research building and to fund a number of endowed professorships in early childhood education.

"The College of Education and Human Services is already renowned nationally, and this gift culminates a long-term relationship between the college, the foundation and its founder, Emma Eccles Jones," said USU President Stan L. Albrecht. "Jones' legacy is one of dedication to the education of teachers and children. This gift is a fitting tribute to her."

USU's College of Education and Human Services has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report, in the top 2 percent of graduate programs nationally for the past nine years. It has earned various other accolades, including second place in the nation for research funding generated by its faculty.

The university is planning a ceremony in April to celebrate the gift and honor the foundation for its support.