Generous Gianforte Family

Like his father, Greg Gianforte ’83 earned a degree at Stevens, and now he and his wife Susan have cemented a family legacy.

In giving to Stevens, Susan and Greg Gianforte helped build a bridge to the future. Their generosity established Gianforte Family Hall, the north half of the new Gateway Academic Center.

Throughout two four-story buildings and 90,000 square feet, Gateway addresses the university’s strategic needs by adding dozens of classrooms, labs and collaboration spaces, plus a home for the Department of Computer Science and emerging programs in biomedical engineering. An elegant glass skybridge connects the two brick buildings, creating a featured new entryway to campus.

Greg, whose father Frank graduated from Stevens in 1958, was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Tau Beta Pi and the Stevens Entrepreneurs Club. He played squash and worked as a resident assistant, and he followed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an M.S. in the same subject in 1983.

Susan earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell and graduate degrees from Cal-Berkeley and NYU. She and Greg met while working together at the famed Bell Labs in New Jersey. They moved to Bozeman, Montana, and started RightNow Technologies, a software company for businesses to manage their customer service operations. RightNow grew from a bootstrapped startup in 1997 to employ 1,100 workers, and in 2011 the Gianfortes sold the company to Oracle.

The Gianfortes were inspired to give to Stevens after the university enacted a broad and bold strategic plan.

“My wife and I have been incredibly blessed with business success and family,” said Greg, who received an honorary doctorate in 2012. “We feel an obligation to give back. Stevens, over its history, has poured an incredible foundation. There’s an opportunity now to build to the next level.”