- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A private university in California is naming its college of education after South Dakota philanthropist and businessman Denny Sanford.

National University in San Diego says the move honors the many contributions that Sanford has made to the school.

The philanthropist first funded an early childhood education initiative that the now Sanford College of Education is leading to train teachers across the country on a program targeting the social and emotional development of children in preschool through sixth grade.

Sanford in a statement says he is “very honored” to be associated with the university’s college of education because he strongly believes “in the power of education to transform the lives of young people.”

Sanford has given away millions for health, welfare and children’s causes in California and the Upper Midwest.

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