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About Michael L. Faust

Michael L. Faust and the Scott Foundation


Michael L. Faust is a 1974 graduate of Northwest. Serving as a director of the Northwest Foundation since 2002, he is among the longest-serving directors in the Foundation’s history. He became a committee chair in his first year, was board president from 2008-2010, continues to serve as a director and is chair of the Advancement Committee.

Faust retired in 2015 after 36 years with Kiewit Corporation, a Fortune 500 international construction and mining firm based in Omaha. As assistant to the chairman, he was speechwriter to senior executives, contributing editor to the company magazine, instructor at Kiewit University and manager of the corporate charitable giving program. He was active in community affairs, serving as a director of many non-profits, including United Way of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation, and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. In retirement, he keeps busy with communication consulting and continues to assist Kiewit chairman emeritus Walter Scott Jr.

Since 2008, Faust has been a director of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation. In 2016, the foundation inquired about honoring Faust’s long service to Mr. Scott, the Northwest Foundation and the Kiewit Corporation and chose to make a million-dollar gift toward the addition and renovation of the Northwest Alumni House. Faust has likewise been a Northwest Foundation benefactor with commitments of his own in excess of $1 million, including major gifts to his scholarship endowment, the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center, a new media lab in Wells Hall, and to the planned Northwest multipurpose complex.

In addition to being one of Omaha’s leading philanthropists, Scott is an ardent supporter of higher education. Named in his honor at his alma mater of Colorado State University are the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Bioengineering Building. In an improbable but appropriate twist, the general contractor for the Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni & Friends, Jeff Smith of Smith Contracting Co., received his undergraduate degree from Northwest and a master's degree from Colorado State University.

Read the cover story about Faust in the fall 2015 edition of the Northwest Alumni Magazine by clicking here.