Billings businessman Jim Hilleboe signed a $1.5 million bequest to the University of Montana that will be earmarked for facility improvements for the athletic department.
Current facility needs include the construction of a new weight room, a locker room for the football program and a new softball complex. Ground will break this summer on a new student-athlete academic center.
Hilleboe, 69, earned a degree in business from UM in 1967 and founded Hilleboe Construction in Billings.
Hilleboe’s father, Strand Hilleboe, was the president of Lee Newspapers in Montana and the publisher of The Billings Gazette. His mother Edith, who passed away in March 2013 at the age of 100, was a housewife.
“We certainly appreciate Jim’s willingness to step up and make a provision in his estate to help support us in our ongoing need for facility improvements,” Montana athletic director Kent Haslam said. “There is no way we could function without such valuable private support, and estate planning is certainly a key part of the long-term success of our department.”