ANGWIN -- Pacific Union College today announced the receipt of it's largest-ever single gift in its 132-year history, a $2.4 million unrestricted donation from the estate of the late Stephen Ball.

Mr. Ball lived in St. Helena for 20 years before his death in April.

"We are grateful for this transformational and historic gift," said Heather Knight, college president, in a written statement. "Stephen Ball understood the mission and the impact that Pacific Union College has had throughout its history, and we're honored to receive this gift at a time when our college in on a historic upward trajectory. This gift is truly a blessing for our campus community."

The Seventh Day Adventist Church--affiliated private college -- Napa County's only four-year institution -- did not announce specific plans for those funds.

The college has seen enrollment increase in recent years. It has reached 1,678 students, the largest enrollment in 24 years.